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Millions of pounds being shared among struggling households – don’t miss out!

A pot of £842m has been set aside by the government for local councils to share out among households struggling with the cost of living.

The support that’s available will depend on where you live, as each council chooses how best to use the cash.

To find out what’s on offer in your area, visit your local council’s website.

The kind of cost-of-living support that’s available

South Tyneside Council have used some of the money to create 70 welcoming spaces. These are free public places where people can go:

  • for company
  • to get warm
  • to get help and advice

They’ve also:

  • increased the money available for people in crisis
  • organised help so people can check they’re getting all the benefits they entitled to
  • given school uniform grants to 1,000 children
  • provided extra support to food banks in the area

As a result of the council’s efforts:

  • 400 people a month are benefitting from the welcoming spaces
  • 18,400 households have received help paying their council tax
  • £12.5m in extra benefits was secured for people living in the area
  • 9,000 children received food vouchers over the school holidays

What could you get?

If you’re struggling with the cost of living, use our free benefits calculator to check you’re getting all the financial support you’re entitled to.

If you’re on a low income or claim benefits, you may also be entitled to a reduction on your council tax bill of up to 100%. Check to see if you’re eligible.

And visit your local council’s website to see what help is being offered in your area to households struggling with the rising cost of living.

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Rebecca Routledge

A qualified journalist for over 15 years with a background in financial services. Rebecca is Money Wellness’s consumer champion, helping you improve your financial wellbeing by providing information on everything from income maximisation to budgeting and saving tips.

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