New Household Support Fund

A new support fund which aims to help those struggling to pay for food, energy or other essential items this winter has been launched.

Money

Cambridgeshire County Council has been allocated £3.58 million as part of the Government's Household Support Fund to help people who need financial support.

More than £1.1 million of the funding is being used to operate a direct voucher scheme for eligible families over the October half-term, Christmas school holidays and February half-term periods.

The remainder is being used to provide a wider scheme, with at least half of the total funding allocated to support households with children, in line with government guidelines.

The rest will be reserved for other households in need of support this winter.

Councillor Tom Sanderson, chair of Cambridgeshire County Council's Communities, Social Mobility and Inclusion Committee, which has approved the use of the funding, said: "We want to ensure all our residents are given the support they need to help cover essential costs this winter. The fund is here to help anybody struggling to heat their homes or put food on the table.

Throughout the pandemic we have helped thousands of people who have struggled through our network of support hubs. We know these unprecedented times have placed huge pressures on people, and we know that for many that pressure remains.

"If you need help and support this winter, whether it is for food, heating or to pay water bills, the Household Support Fund is here to help.

"Details of how to access the scheme are available at: www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/household-support-fund."

Practical support provided through the fund includes:

  • Vouchers to support with food for both families and individuals
  • Fuel and water, either by paying bills on demand, via direct debit or a pre-payment meter
  • Other essential supplies.

The council is working closely with district councils, local community groups and other partners to identify people across the area who can benefit from the fund.

People can apply via a number of local community groups signed up to the fund or apply directly by following the link: www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/household-support-fund

Article date: December 2021

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