Families can apply for extra cash towards food and bills over Easter

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Struggling parents can get cash grants to help them pay for food and energy bills through the Easter holidays.

Kids returned to school on March 8, but will still be breaking up for two weeks for the festive break.

Any mums and dads who are concerned they won’t be able to afford having their children at home due to the extra bills and food can apply for money to use towards these expenses.

Last year, the Government launched the Covid Winter Grant Scheme to support low-income families and those hit hardest by the pandemic over school holidays.

A whopping £170m was set aside for households in need after a campaign by England footballer Marcus Rashford.

The scheme was due to end on March 31, but earlier this month it was announced that the money would be extended until April 16.

Another £59.1m was added to the fund.

Anyone who relies on free school meals in term time can apply for the cash injection to spend on increased grocery bills.

And, it can be put towards energy and water bills.

The grant will replace the supermarket vouchers which were issued last year.

So, how much can you claim?

The payments can be as much as £150 and are handed out by local authorities in England.

Councils can give different amounts depending on how many people live in the authority and the number of applicants.

For example, of the latest £59.1million funding boost, Derbyshire has been allocated £758,227 while the Birmingham has been assigned the most at £1,803,918.

Councils decide how much cash they will issue and who is eligible for the support.

To apply you need to speak to the council directly – and you can find yours by going to the gov.uk checker tool.

You will need to explain what the money will be spent on as it can only be used for certain reasons.

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Some authorities are providing vouchers to families they know are on low incomes without the need for an application.

Others are funding food banks.

The Government has stated that at least 80% of the cash must go towards families with children.

The other20% of money should go to households in poverty, or who are at risk of poverty, because of the impact of the pandemic.

At least four fifths of the cash must go on household bills with the rest covering the cost of essentials like blankets, warm clothes, white goods, repairs and toiletries.

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