A new package of support for residents in Bury struggling with the cost of living is available.
There is support to increase energy efficiency, provide free school meals during holidays, improve skills and job opportunities, provide crisis payments, and reach people without online access.
Support can be found at Bury Council’s websiteor contact 0161 253 5400.
The borough has been awarded just over £3m from the government’s Household Support Fund for the year until March 2024, to provide emergency support and to tackle longer term issues.
The funding is being used to:
- Provide funding opportunities to support community and voluntary groups including food banks and pantries and those providing crisis support.
- Support 6,900 pupils who receive free school meals during the school holidays, including the recent summer break.
- Target crisis payments to households most in need, especially those who aren’t eligible other benefits.
- Support people with their skills and employment including expanding the Working Wardrobe scheme, which helps people with interviews,
- Help people with their digital skills and to be able to get online.
- Provide energy efficient measures for households in need, particularly for owner occupiers and privately rented properties.
Councillor Richard Gold, cabinet member for finance and communities, said: “The cost-of-living crisis is still affecting people and this support is still needed.
“Interest rates have constantly risen and is now at 5.25%, increasing mortgage payments and other debts that people have to pay.
“Energy prices remain high and the Energy Bills Support Scheme where everyone received £67 per month has come to an end.
“Prices continue to rise as inflation affects how much we all pay for household goods.
“The Government’s Household Support Fund provides much needed resources for us to be able to support vulnerable residents.
“We are also helping Bury Voluntary and Community Faith Alliance (VCFA) with its vital work supporting the community and voluntary sector and those groups within it.”
If anyone needs further support, please see Bury Council’s website or contact 0161 253 5400.
Press release issued: 13 September 2023.