Salford City Council urges government to prolong crucial funding

Salford City Council Calls for Extension of Vital Funding to Support Residents

Political leaders in Salford City Council have come together to urge the government to extend the Household Support Fund (HSF), which has been crucial in assisting over 18,000 residents. The funding, which was first introduced in October 2021, helps households struggling with food, energy, water bills, and other essentials.

Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett, along with other council members and MPs, have written to the Secretary of State expressing their concerns about the impact of losing this funding after March 2024. The HSF has been instrumental in providing support for residents with energy and food bills, as well as funding holiday food vouchers for children eligible for Free School Meals.

A recent report by Greater Manchester Poverty Action highlighted the importance of this funding, describing it as a vital lifeline for residents facing financial difficulties. One beneficiary even said, “you have saved my life” after receiving help from the fund.

As the council faces the end of this crucial funding, they emphasise the need for its continuation to ensure that families do not have to choose between heating or eating. For more information on how to apply for support, visit Salford City Council’s Household Support Fund page.

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