The vouchers form part of the government’s Household Support Fund which was launched to help families struggling with living costs
Thousands of families could be eligible to receive a free supermarket voucher to help pay for food this winter.
Each council has been awarded a different amount of money depending on its size and need, and it is up to each individual authority to decide how to dish out the funding.
Households will need to check with their local authority to find out what level of support is available in their region.
In North Yorkshire, for example, people eligible for a Household Support Fund e-voucher payment can receive up to £275 to pay for food and other essentials. The e-voucher total was increased from £250 to £275 in January 2022.
In Nottingham, the council website says eligible and successful applications will be sent a £50 e-voucher within three working days via text message.
The link will include an e-gift card with a barcode online which can be presented at the till in a store.
Elsewhere, Derbyshire County Council is offering a maximum of two payments worth £64 per household, plus an extra £20 for each partner and any dependent children, while those living in Ealing could get £75 in supermarket vouchers.
Where can the vouchers be spent?
The supermarket vouchers can be spent at any of the following major stores:
You apply online, offering up personal details like your name and address, and of course your telephone number – as the vouchers are being sent to families by text in just a matter of days.
How do I apply for a voucher?
The majority of people eligible for a voucher will be automatically identified from council records and will be sent out.
If you are getting means-tested help to pay your council tax bill through the council tax reduction/support scheme by 20 March 2022, and you have a child under the age of 19 living at home with you, you should be contacted about the Household Support Fund.
If you think you may be eligible for the scheme, you can apply for the support via your local council website.
Applications for funding must be submitted before the end of March deadline.
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