Struggling families can get up to £300 free to help with essentials as cost of living continues to be cut.
Money is available through the National Plan domestic assistance fund To significantly assist vulnerable families in need of assistance by the Department of Works and Pensions (DWP) of the Govt. rising cost of living,
The scheme, which has funding of £500 million, is due to expire on 30 September 2022.
Families are being urged to apply for help as soon as possible, as local councils may have to stop providing help too soon if they use up their own money.
Each council determines how to use its budget to help local residents, many first with supermarkets and fuel vouchers or one-time payments.
Not all residents can receive support due to eligibility requirements, so it is best to check your local council’s website.
Some councils offer assistance automatically, while in other areas you must apply.
for residents blackpoolThey can receive as much as £300 depending on their circumstances.
Who is eligible?
To apply to the Domestic Assistance Fund applicants must:
- Over 16 years of age and responsible for paying household utility bills
- a Blackpool council resident
- Have insufficient resources to meet rising living costs
There is no requirement to avail DWP benefits for applying to this fund.
How much money can you get and what can it be used for?
The fund can help by providing short-term financial support to meet immediate needs and help residents who are struggling to afford household energy costs.
In Blackpool, £200 will be awarded to eligible families of one or two people (including children) and £300 to eligible families of three or more people (including children).
If successful, rewards will be paid directly to your energy provider and will appear as a credit on your bill or pre-payment meter.
Household members must be permanent residents and registered for council tax at the address. Children must be permanent residents of the address and there must be child benefits in payment at the address.
The council will investigate to confirm the members of the family.
Evidence needed to support your claim
You will need to provide proof of the following to support your claim:
- Bank/building society/savings account statements for the most recent full month for you and all other adults in your household
- A copy of your electricity bill clearly showing your name and address, supplier name and your account number (any rewards will be paid directly to your supplier)
Applications submitted without, or with insufficient evidence, will be rejected. If you are having difficulty presenting your evidence, please contact the assessment team by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once your application is submitted you will receive a confirmation email at the email address provided by the applicant which will contain your application reference number.
This number will be required in any communication regarding your claim.
The council says it will process applications in the order they are received, so it’s best to get your details as soon as possible.
However it warns: “Due to the high number of applications expected, it may take several weeks for your application to be considered.”
Council requests that you contact them no later than four weeks after your application date if you are concerned about what is happening with your claim.
Can I get help if I don’t live in Blackpool?
In short, you can, but as funding is being provided by local authorities, the application method is different depending on where you live.
To find out what assistance is available in your area, speak with your local council directly, or visit its website for more information.
You can find your respective officials using Govt. local council checker tool and inputting your postcode.
For example, Torbay Council is providing a maximum of £50 for food to eligible residents, and another £50 for energy bills where necessary.
in the meantime Kensington and Chelsea Residents can grab up to £150 to help cover household bills, food and clothing.
If you are not eligible but are still struggling to afford essential items, you may be able to get cash relief elsewhere. British Gas customers can apply for a £750 grant to help with their energy bills.
Surya also gives in-depth advice on this How to Lower Various Required Payments If You’re Struggling,
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