In September the government announced that vulnerable households across the country will be able to access a new £500 million support fund to help them with essentials over the winter.
Councillor Karen Buckley, Leader of Fylde Council commented:
“We are delighted to be able to facilitate the payment of these grants to those most in need during the long winter months. There are many people who struggle to make ends meet and these payments are essential in them being able to feed their families and stay warm this winter. If you are unsure if you are eligible, please get in touch with our friendly team who will be able to advise you of the monies available, as well as if and how you can access it.”
The grant will directly help those who need it most and will be distributed through small payments to support vulnerable households meet daily needs such as food, clothing, and utilities.
The money will primarily be used to support households in the most need with food, energy and water bills, however it can also be used to support households with wider essential costs such as boiler service/repair and the purchase of equipment including fridges and freezers.
At least 50% of the available funding has been allocated for those vulnerable households with children, and delivery of the funds can be made through a variety of different routes including vouchers, making direct provision of food, or issuing grants to third parties.
Some of the services available can be found below, however for a full list and contact details please visit www.fylde.gov.uk/householdsupportgrant.
- Energy bills
- Help with water bills & support for other household bills (excluding mortgage payments and council tax)
- Help to purchase essential white goods
- Boiler repair/service
- Support with rent arrears and advice on affordability plans
Cllr Buckley added: “The funding is available until 31 March 2022 and we hope to support as many vulnerable people as we can this winter. We understand some may well be hesitant to access the service however we are still here to help so please get in touch.”
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