Thousands of families can get £320 one-off payment direct to bank accounts – how to claim | The Sun

THOUSANDS of families have been urged to collect a £320 one-off payment direct to their bank accounts.

Those on a low-income or certain benefits could get free financial help from their local council to help battle against the cost-of-living crisis.

As an example, residents in Northamptonshire are eligible to receive up to £320 in a cash boost.

North Northamptonshire Council allocated the funding towards households who are having difficulty managing food and energy costs.

Residents can find out if their financial situation means they are eligible on the Household Support Fund pages on the NNC website.

They will need to fill in a simple online form, as well as upload payslips and proof of identity.

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This one-off payment varies depending on household size and can be transferred electronically.

Cllr Helen Harrison, executive member for adults, health and well-being, said that they are also helping families with children on free school meals.

She told the Northamptonshire Telegraph: "They are provided with £15 per week per child supermarket vouchers, sent out by schools for all holiday periods until Easter 2024.

"The same voucher support has been given to families who choose to home educate but meet free school meal eligibility criteria.

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“All those meeting free school meals threshold have also been given the opportunity to participate in sessions through the Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) run for North Northamptonshire Council by Northamptonshire Sport.”

The help comes as part of the latest round of Household Support Fund which is worth £842million.

The money is provided by the Government which has distributed it among councils in England.

They then decide how to share their portion of the fund.

It was due to end in March this year but was extended until April 2024 meaning households can get more support.

Each council gets a different portion of funding depending on the size of the catchment area, population, and need.

Grants on offer vary by location so you'll have to check to see what you can get and how your council will pay you.

And every council is distributing their share of the HSF differently.

Some are handing out vouchers, while others are making bank transfers to eligible residents.

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For example, eligible households can get £900 free if they live in the West Midlands and Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council is their local authority.

You'll usually need to be on a low income to receive the help.

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