June cost of living payments update as cash set to be paid into bank accounts

The A£299 final cost of living payment is arriving in accounts  - but officials warn that some may need to apply if they don't receive i
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Households across the UK are being alerted to upcoming cost of living payments available this summer, with potential cash injections and support on offer from June.

The initiative is part of the extended Household Support Fund (HSF), which will continue through to September. Local authorities have received a substantial financial boost to set up emergency funds and determine eligible recipients.

Support mechanisms may vary by location; some households will receive automatic assistance, while others may need to apply. This could result in direct cash deposits for certain families.

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For the latest updates, residents are encouraged to visit their local council's website and navigate to the 'Household Support Fund' section. Councils are beginning to disclose their HSF strategies.

In the West Midlands, for example, Walsall Council has confirmed that parents who benefit from council tax reduction can expect cash payments by the end of July. Similarly, Sandwell Council has pledged aid to those facing "financial difficulty", struggling with council tax, and carers, although a specific payment date has yet to be announced, reports Birmingham Live.

To be eligible, most individuals must be in receipt of some form of means-tested benefits or receiving assistance such as council tax reduction. Local councils have cautioned that the Household Support Fund (HSF) may deplete swiftly due to high demand.

The Government has provided an update stating: "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."