June cost of living payments update as cash set to land in bank accounts

View of houses in Hanley, taken from above
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Households have been put on alert over the availability of cost of living payments this summer. During June, cash payments and other support could be available in some parts of the UK.

It's part of the Household Support Fund (HSF) which has been extended to run until September. Councils have been handed millions of pounds to operate their own emergency funds and decide who should get help.

There are some areas where support will be automatic, while elsewhere people will have to apply. It could result in cash payments entering bank accounts for some households, reports Birmingham Live.

To find out what is happening where they live, people should head to the 'Household Support Fund' section of their local council's website where the latest information should be available. Many local authorities have started to announce their HSF plans.

In order to qualify, most people will need to be receiving some form of means-tested benefits or be getting help like council tax reduction. Some local authorities have warned HSF money is likely to run out fairly quickly due to the anticipated level of demand.

The Government said in an update: "In the Spring Budget the Government announced it is providing an additional £500 million to enable the extension of the Household Support Fund, including funding for the Devolved Administrations through the Barnett formula to be spent at their discretion. This means that Local Authorities in England will receive an additional £421 million to support those in need locally through the Household Support Fund. The funding will be available to Local Authorities in England from April 1, 2024 and will run until September 30, 2024."

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