Thousands of Lancashire households could benefit from a government supermarket voucher scheme. It comes after Ealing Council confirmed struggling households will receive a voucher worth £175 through its Household Support fund.
A similar move could be rolled out at councils across the country, as all UK councils have received a pot of cash from the Government as part of the Household Support fund scheme.
This is a Government initiative designed to help those most vulnerable with the cost of living. Each council decides how to spend their funds, reports The Mirror. The Household Support fund scheme was first brought in in 2021, and has continued to be extended each year.
The most recent extension will allow help to be provided until March 2024. According to the Ealing council’s website, households claiming housing benefits or council tax support but not Department for Work and Pension (DWP) benefits will get the £175 voucher.
Households in “non residential care where council contributes to care costs” will get a £100 voucher. A second voucher of the same amount will be issued again in February 2024.
The vouchers will be issued by the Post Office and those who are eligible will receive a letter soon explaining how they can get the money. The vouchers are to be delivered automatically so you do not need to make a claim to get them.
In Ealing, the council has been handing out the vouchers until May of this year and will continue to hand them out in the coming months. Those eligible for these were families who are registered for free school meals, families with children under five who get housing benefit or a council tax reduction, and care leavers.
In May, families received a £15 voucher and in July they received a £90 supermarket voucher. Care leavers were given a £50 for both May and July. The next payment will be coming in October and families are set to get a £15 voucher whilst care leavers will receive another £50.
Anyone struggling is advised to contact your local council to see what help they can offer you.