Residents in Plymouth may be able to claim this cost of living assistance through the Household Support Fund. Those eligible for support can claim £180 in supermarket vouchers to save money on food, as well as £150 to help pay for rising energy bills. While applications are currently closed, they are set to reopen in January 2023 and anyone in need of support is being encouraged to prepare to apply.
Through this scheme, eligible claimants can apply for £180 in supermarket vouchers for either Asda, Morrisons or Tesco.
Furthermore, thousands of Plymouth residents can apply for £147 in top up voucher codes for prepayment meters.
Alternatively, they can apply for a £150 credit voucher for credit accounts in which energy bills are paid monthly or quarterly) or smart meters.
As well as this, residents can apply for an essential appliance for their home, which will include delivery, installation, and old appliance removal where applicable through the Household Support Fund.
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Applications can also be made for an essential household item or furniture which may include delivery but many items may need to be self-assembled.
As the cost of living crisis continues, the Government has prioritised its Household Support Fund to better assist those in need.
This scheme is a pot of money which is handed out to local councils who administer it to people struggling financially in a way they see fit.
The Household Support Fund originally began in October 2021 and has been extended an additional three times so far.
Currently, the latest fund is worth £421million and will run until March 2023 under current Government plans.
To be eligible for this support, households must meet at last the following qualifying criteria to access fund money:
- Must have at least one child under 18 who resides in the property on a permanent basis
- Must have a disability or a long term health condition
- Must have reached pension age.
It should be noted that Plymouth residents can only apply for these funds if they did not access sid from the previous fund between July 6, 2022 and November 27, 2022.
As well as this, applicants can only put forward one claim for support per household and must live in Plymouth.
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Those in need of emergency support are encouraged to apply for other schemes as well due to the Household Support Fund not being “suitable”.
On its website, Plymouth City Council outlines when applications will reopen for the next round of cost of living support.
The local authority states: “Applications for the first round of funding are now closed due to extremely high demand.
“If you have applied, Citizens Advice Plymouth will contact you as soon as possible with the outcome of your application. If you have not heard by 23 December, they will be in touch in January 2023.
“Applications will reopen in January 2023 for the second round of funding. You will be able to apply on the Citizens Advice Plymouth website. More information and the application link will be added to this webpage in early January.”
On the support’s rollout, Council Leader Richard Bingley previously said: “We know that the rising costs of living and the long-term effects of the pandemic mean that many people living in Plymouth will be worried as we approach winter.
“The Household Support Fund is a vital resource and I’m delighted that it’s given us the means to provide additional support to our residents that are most in need, helping with food and energy costs over the coming months.”
Further details about Plymouth City Council’s Household Support Fund can be found through https://www.plymouth.gov.uk/household-support-fund .
Britons across the UK are encouraged to research and contract their local council directly to see what specific support they may be entitled to.