THOUSANDS of Brits will be eligible for much-needed cost-of-living payments in just days.

The £150 boost will be available from next week for those most in need living in one part of the country.

Supermarket vouchers of £150 will be issued to residents who meet the eligibility criteria

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Supermarket vouchers of £150 will be issued to residents who meet the eligibility criteriaCredit: Getty

The scheme funded by the government is there to help households through the cost-of-living crisis.

Families in Dorset are set to receive £150 worth of vouchers to be spent in supermarkets including Asda and B&M.

The vouchers will be given to residents who meet the eligibility criteria within 6-8 weeks.

It comes after the government’s Household Support Fund (HSF0 worth £842 million is being distributed to councils across England.

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Councils then distribute to residents most in need – with cash boost expected to help many families over the Christmas holidays across the UK.

Eligibility Criteria

Dorset Council households will be able to apply if they have:

  • Annual household net income of less than £30,000
  • Savings of less than £16,000
  • Not applied for a previous HSF payment within the last six months

A household’s net income should not include Personal Independence Payments, Disability Living Allowance, Attendance Allowance, Carers Allowance or Child Benefit.

The scheme differs depending on which council you live in.

Those living in Nottinghamshire are set to revive payments worth £130 whereas residents in Torbay can expect to receive up to £500.

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Residents in Dorset will be limited to one application per household.

Cllr Laura Beddow, Dorset Council Portfolio Holder for Culture, Communities and Customer Services said: “As Round 4 of the Household Support Fund reopens on Tuesday 5 December, we want to make sure every resident in Dorset Council area gets the support they deserve.

“If you’re facing challenges, this initiative offers supermarket vouchers to help with essentials.”

She added: “If you are applying in December, please make sure you have not applied for a previous HSF payment since June 2023 as further vouchers cannot be issued and there are a very limited number of applications available for this window.

“If you do miss out on this window, another will open on Wednesday 3 January 2024 at 10am.”

Residents in the Dorset Council area can apply from 10am on 5 December for the Dorset Council support fund online.

Applications will open at 10am on Tuesday 5 December

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Applications will open at 10am on Tuesday 5 DecemberCredit: Getty

This post first appeared on thesun.co.uk

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