Poorest households to benefit from £500 million grant
The government has announced £500m of grants to help families struggling with the cost of living as other support schemes are withdrawn.
The move comes after furlough and the £20 increase to Universal Credit end, with rising prices, including spiralling energy bills, making it harder for those on low incomes to make ends meet.
The grant will be available in October to local councils in England, who will then distribute small grants to support millions of households.
The government has said that the new fund will run over winter and those in need of support should contact their local council.
Households struggling with the cost of food, heating, water and other essentials will be eligible for support.
Thérèse Coffey, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, said: “Over the last year, we have helped millions of people provide for their families.
“Many are now back on their feet but we know that some may still need further support. Our targeted Household Support Fund is here to help those vulnerable households with essential costs as we push through the last stages of our recovery from the pandemic.”
This new grant follows criticism towards the government and the Conservative party after they ended the £20 increase to universal credit, with charities stating the loss of the £20 uplift would have a ‘catastrophic’ impact on the poorest families.