Struggling Brits can apply for thousands of pounds of free cash to help

Brits can apply for thousands of pounds worth of free money if they're financially struggling.

From government schemes to charity grants, householders should check to see what they're eligible for.

For example, the coronavirus grant scheme, which was introduced by the government in November, can help vulnerable Brits.

The initiative will be extended from April 16 until June 20 with an extra £40 million available.

Meanwhile the government also announced the help will be renamed the Covid Local Support Grant Scheme.

It is handed out by local authorities across England and payments can be worth up to £150 in some areas.

Meanwhile, if you're in debt to your energy supplier, there's a possibility you can get a grant to help pay it off.

Although the British Gas Energy Trust closed for this year, it will reopen again on July 1 for new applications.

The eligibility criteria varies for the schemes but you'll typically need to be claiming benefits and/or on a low income.

Other grants include the council tax cash help which is for those struggling to pay the bill.

You might be eligible for Council Tax Support if you're on a low income or on certain benefits.

You don't need to be a property owner to apply for the support and it doesn't matter if you're working or unemployed.

The amount you could see your bill reduced by depends on your circumstances but you could end up seeing it reduced by 100%.

Also if you live alone or with someone who isn't classed as an adult, you could qualify for 25% off your total annual bill.

You'll also usually get a 50% discount if no-one living in your home, including you, counts as an adult.

Additionally, you won't have to pay at all if everyone in your household is a full-time student.

Another way to save money is by checking to see if you're eligible for the Flexible Support Fund (FSF).

This is the money the government give you to help with the costs of getting a job.

It is managed by local job centres and the cash can be used to cover the costs of the following:

  • Training for a job, up to £150
  • Travel to interviews
  • Childcare
  • Tools for work
  • Cost of medical evidence required by a disabled person
  • Clothing and uniforms to start work
  • Support for single parents in financial emergencies in the first 26 weeks of starting a job

There are even grants for families with disabled children and pregnant women.

Households with disabled children aged 17 or under who live at home can get grants from the Family Fund.

If they receive the following benefits they could be eligible:

  • Universal Credit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Income Related Employment Support Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Housing Benefit
  • Pension Credit

The grants can be used on things such as washing machines, computers and even holidays.

You'll need to meet a range of criteria to be eligible, for example whether your child's condition is long-term or life limiting.

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Meanwhile, the Sure Start Maternity Grant offers soon-to-be parents in England, Wales and Northern Ireland a one-off sum of £500.

Scots can get £600 through the Pregnancy and Baby Payment.

These grants are paid to help cover some of the costs of having children, for example baby clothes and prams.

The help must be claimed within 11 weeks of the baby's due date or within six months after the birth.

A health professional, such as a doctor or midwife, must also sign your claim form.

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