£400 cost of living payments to enter bank accounts this summer

-Credit: (Image: Pete Stonier)
-Credit: (Image: Pete Stonier)

Cost of living payments worth £400 are set to enter the bank accounts of thousands of struggling households this summer. The money will be available through the Household Support Fund (HSF).

These are run by local councils - including Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Staffordshire County Council - and made up of money given out by the Government to support those most in need of help with things like energy and food bills.

Some payments may be automatic depending on circumstances, while other people will need to apply and see if they are eligible for support.

Individual councils decide how they run their funds, meaning levels of support will differ across the country. People should search online for their local council and 'Household Support Fund' to find out what is available in their area.

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Stoke-on-Trent City Council explained that the latest round of funding will run until September 3, 2024. A spokesman said: "The council with the help of a wide range of local partners, are distributing support worth £2.6 million on behalf of the UK Government, to support the most vulnerable households across the Stoke-on-Trent area with food, utilities, and other essentials.

"The fund is available to support both adults (without dependent children) and families with children and will be made available to vulnerable households who need additional financial support."

On its website, the council explains that s upport will be provided to families where children fall into one of the following categories:

  • They receive free school meals

  • They have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) in place

  • Attend a funded two-year-old place or be eligible to attend a funded two-year-old place

  • Are eligible to receive EYPP (Early Years Pupil Premium) as part of a funded 3 or 4 year old place.

Staffordshire County Council's latest funding also runs until September 30. A spokesman said: "The Household Support Fund’s primary purpose is to support vulnerable households with energy and water bills, food, and wider essentials. We will prioritise support which offers an immediate impact to those in need at crisis point."

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