Families can get up to £750 towards white goods or furniture – how to apply

HOUSEHOLDS struggling this winter could grab up to £150 cash towards soaring essential bills, or £750 towards furniture and white goods.The Household Support Scheme is running nationwide with a pot of £500million to be dished out.
1Low income families can grab essential support from their local council this winterCredit: Getty
The scheme is in its fourth month, and is due to end March 31. But some councils may run out of funding before this date so it’s best to apply sooner rather than later.
The funding aims to act as a life ring for those who can’t cope with costs over winter.
Thousands of families are feelings the effects of inflation which has caused energy, fuel and clothing costs to soar.
What’s more, for those short of cash it’s hard to pay for other living essentials like furniture and white goods that need repairing or replacing.
Research by End Furniture Poverty found one in five people live in an area where there is no local authority crisis support.
If you cannot access local authority support, you may be able to get help from charities and organisations such as Turn2Us, Buttle UK and Glasspool Trust.
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They offer grants towards items like washing machines or cookers if you cannot afford to buy or repair them, and this money doesn’t need to be repaid.
These grants help people to avoid borrowing emergency money which usually involves getting into debt and owing more cash back as a result of interest rates.
Haringey Council is one of the local authorities that is offering financial support towards white goods and furniture, but not all councils are.
Each local authority has been given a different portion of the pot, and how they award the money is up to them.
For example, Rutland council is giving its vulnerable residents £100 cash, The Royal Borough of Greenwich is giving out £115 in cash and vouchers, and Nottinghamshire County Council is providing £30 vouchers. 
To find your local authority, you can use the government’s local council checker tool. 
Cash-strapped families that live in Haringey can access free cash towards the cost of living or white goods and furniture. 
What help is available?
Haringey Council has specified they’ll be giving either cash via a BACS payment, or vouchers towards essential bills. 
Cash payments are aimed at helping families out of a state of emergency this winter.
The cost of living crisis means some are having to choose between heating and eating, or heating and clothing their children. 
The maximum amount of cash towards essential living costs is £150, but residents …