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New fund to help those in need

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If you are struggling to pay essential bills or put food on the table this winter, there is a new Household Support Fund grant from the government for people in West Lancashire who need help with essential items over the winter period.

This grant can be used to help towards the cost of:

  • Food
  • Energy / water needs
  • Essentials linked to energy / water needs
  • Wider essentials such as household bills, clothing, and white goods e.g. fridges and washing machines

Councillor Jenny Wilkie, portfolio holder for Financial Inclusion, said: “We really want to support the most financially vulnerable in our communities, so if you are struggling to pay bills such as gas and electricity this winter please check our website to see if you are eligible for this grant.”

Grants will be awarded if you are eligible and if you have no alternative means of helping you meet your bills.

The fund will not cover housing costs as there are other benefits and support available to help with these such as Discretionary Housing Payments.

It is also not intended to cover debt advice or general financial hardship support which is not linked to food, warmth and/or hygiene.

However, the scheme can signpost you to other sources of advice and support to ensure you get all the assistance you are entitled to. This may include a referral for advice and assistance with finance, debt and/or welfare benefits, to help address your long-term needs.

To find out if you are eligible and apply visit www.westlancs.gov.uk/bills-benefits/help-and-money-advice/household-support-fund.aspx or click on the link on our homepage.

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