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Thousands of households can NOW get £145 free cash as the multi-million pound emergency fund reopens

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THOUSANDS of households can now get £145 FREE cash as the multi-million pound emergency fund reopens – are you one of them?

Struggling Brits have just a few days left to apply to the fund or they’ll miss out.

Families with little money can get £145 in free financial helpCredit: Alamy
The government has extended the Household Support Fund until September

With the cost of living taking its toll on everyone, many have been forced to tighten their belts.

Those who live on a low income or certain wages advantages can receive free financial help from the municipality.

Struggling families can claim the money through the government’s Household Support Fund (HSF).

The money comes from an £842m pot of aid from the Department for Work and Pensions.

Municipalities now have until the end of September to distribute their share among low-income households.

Everyone gets a share of the money to hand out to cash-strapped families earning less than £50,000.

Cash-strapped residents in Windsor and Maidenhead can receive cash to cover food and energy costs.

The council has announced it has raised an additional £587,905 from the DWP’s Household Support Fund.

If you’re struggling with food expenses, rent or keeping the lights on, you could get £145 in cash.

The council is working with charity partners to decide who needs the help.

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To sign up, locals should contact one of the community partners:

  • Shelter
  • Citizens Advice East Berkshire (CAEB)
  • Housing solutions
  • RBWM Housing Service
  • Age Care Windsor
  • West Windsor Hub (WWH)
  • Baby couch
  • Maidenhead Foodshare
  • Windsor Foodshare
  • NHS Frimley social prescribing service
  • Maidenhead United FC Community Trust
  • Optilis
  • Reach for children

If you qualify, you will receive a unique reference number and a link to an online application form.

Payment is made via bank transfer and should be sent within five working days after your application has been accepted.

But users are urged to be quick as it is first come, first served.

You have until September 30 to register or until funds run out.

People who received a payment during the previous round in March can still apply again by contacting the community partner who previously introduced them.

Other municipalities can also receive this energy vouchers or a direct cash bank transfer, depending on where in England you are based.

For example, some households in Herefordshire could receive direct cash payments worth £250 in the latest round.

In previous rounds, households in Kent were offered virtual prepaid cards worth £100 to pay their energy bills.

How to sign up and how much you get

WHO is eligible for the Household Support Fund varies depending on where you live, as each council sets its own eligibility criteria.

However, in most cases you will be eligible if you have benefits such as Universal Credit or are on a low income.

How you can apply also depends on where you live. Contact your municipality for more information.

You can find out which council area you fall under by using the government’s council finder tool on its website.

What you actually get, whether that’s energy vouchers or a direct bank transfer, depends on where you are in England.

For example, some households in Herefordshire could receive direct cash payments worth £250 in the latest round.

In previous rounds, households in Kent were offered virtual prepaid cards worth £100 to pay their energy bills.

Portsmouth City Council and Dorset Council both also offered supermarket vouchers worth £150.

It’s worth noting that some municipalities may not have opened applications for the current round yet, so you may have to wait.

And even if you are able to make a claim, each council’s pot is limited and can be used up at any stage. So you must submit an application as soon as possible.

What other help is there?

If you do not qualify for the Domestic Support Fund, other assistance is available.

Many energy companies offer subsidies to customers if they are struggling to keep up with bills.

Scottish Current hands over grants worth up to £750 to customers in need and you are eligible if you have certain benefits including income support, pension credit and Employment opportunities and support allowance.

E.ON and Octopus Energy both hand out cash grants to customers in difficulty, although what you can get depends on your personal circumstances.

It’s worth checking whether you qualify for government schemes aimed at reducing your energy bills.

For example, the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) is designed to tackle fuel poverty and reduce carbon emissions in Britain.

It is available to households with certain benefits such as Universal creditChild benefit and child tax credit.

In addition, you must live in a home with energy efficiency class DG.

You may also be eligible for the Great British Insulation scheme which was launched last September.

The scheme is open to households in municipal taxes bands AE in England, Wales and Scotland.

In addition, you must have an energy performance certificate of D or lower.

If you qualify, you could qualify for essential home upgrades, including roof, attic or cavity wall insulation, for free or at a reduced rate.

The measures can then save you hundreds of euros on your annual energy bill.