Financial support to be made available for vulnerable residents in Notts
Some of Nottinghamshire’s most vulnerable residents are set to receive vital financial support during the winter months as part of a new multi-million-pound funding scheme.
Nottinghamshire County Council has been allocated a £5.6 million from the Government’s Household Support Fund to help those most in need as the country continues to recover from the effects of the Covid-19 lockdowns.
Up to £2.3m of the grant has already been allocated to provide vouchers for up to 27,500 children during school holidays until the end of March.*
With the remaining £3.3m, the county council will now work in partnership with district and borough councils across Nottinghamshire to identify households and individuals who are eligible for financial support.
Money distributed to residents most in need will be used to cover essential household costs, such as food, energy and water bills.
The funding roll-out will largely rely on referrals made by frontline workers and the county council intends to use a trusted voucher scheme and work alongside an energy partner to deliver the scheme.
Councillor John Cottee, chairman of the county council’s Communities Committee, said he was delighted the grant will be filtered down to provide financial support to those who struggle to make ends meet.
He said: “The past 20 months have presented us with unprecedented challenges and, as a council, we recognise the difficulties faced by a significant number of residents across the county during this period.
“Therefore, as we enter winter, I very much welcome the news that the Government has made this grant available, which will go some way to easing the financial worries for families who face the challenges of Christmas and the pressures of rising household energy and food costs.
“We will now be working with our district and borough council partners to identify the residents who will benefit from this welcome financial support.”
The Nottinghamshire Household Support Fund is expected to be officially launched later this month.