Households in England who are struggling to cope financially are being urged “to speak to their local council” to find out what “extra support” there could be.
According to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) since the support fund launched in October 2021, more than 26 million households have received help.
The fund is there to help support those who are vulnerable or are unable to pay for household essentials.
There is wider support for families with up to £9000 in direct cost of living payments for applicants who are on means-tested benefits, and pensioners can get £300 and an extra £100 who have disabilities.
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Mel Stride said: “The best way we can protect family finances is by driving down inflation, but as it reduces, we recognise that cost-of-living pressures remain for some of the most vulnerable households.”
Minister for Social Mobility, Youth and Progression Mims Davies said: “We have seen some wonderfully innovative and locally focused uses of the additional money by local councils to ensure support is delivered to those families and those needing extra help in tough times…
“This household support fund awareness week, I do encourage anyone in the country who is struggling to cover costs to speak to their local council about what extra support is available in their area. I know local MPs will be keen to do the same, so their constituents know the additional help available on their doorstep.”