Families to get extra vouchers and free cash from councils as Household Support Fund doubled to £1billion

Families to get extra vouchers and free cash from councils as Household Support Fund doubled to £1billion

HOUSEHOLDS will get extra help from councils after Chancellor Rishi Sunak DOUBLED the Household Support Fund by £500million.

The measure was announced in Chancellor Rishi Sunak's Spring mini-budget today.

It means that the total amount of money the government has piled into the fund stands at £1billion.

The Household Support Fund was launched in October to help Brits pay their way through winter amid a cost of living crisis.

The government announced a total of £500million would be dished out across all councils – but the cash had to be divvied out by March 31, 2022.

But Rishi Sunak announced the scheme had been extended today, with councils in line to get a slice of the £500million extra funding available from April.

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Mr Sunak announced a number of measures at noon today to help Brits who are battling against a cost of living crisis.

His speech came just hours after inflation hit a 30-year high of 6.2%, squeezing family budgets even tighter.

He was under pressure to deliver a Spring mini-budget that would help ease the strain as millions struggle to cope.

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