BASINGSTOKE council has shared how households can claim support payments to help them through the cost-of-living crisis. 

If you're struggling through the current crisis, here is a list of all the ways you could receive help from Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council (BDBC): 

The Cost of Living Assistance Fund (COLAF)

This is a new scheme, hoping to help residents in the borough facing financial difficulties due to the rising cost of living. 

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This fund can help households struggling to pay bills, with grants available to help pay for food and energy. 

To qualify you must not have capital/savings of more than £20,000. 

The Energy Bills Support Scheme Alternative Funding (EBSS AF)

People without a direct relationship to a domestic energy supplier, including many care home residents and those living in park homes, will receive a £400 discount on their fuel bills. 

An overview of eligibility and what applicants need to do to apply for energy support will be launched on the GOV.UK page in February or the beginning of March. 

Warmer Homes Programme

Open to owner occupiers and private rental tenants only, the programme is operating on a first-come, first served basis and funding is only available until March 2023. 

This funding aims to improve the energy efficiency of qualifying homes. 

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Household Support Grant Funding

BDBC has been granted a proportion of Hampshire County Council's Household Support Fund to provide short-term help to support homes in the most need with food, energy and water bills. 

Funds are limited, and the council will prioritise those most in need.

The scheme will run until March 31 or until all funds have been allocated. 

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