Winter Support Grant to help with food and fuel bills


£118,000 to be distributed to families that are struggling to cover food and fuel costs

People in the Cherwell district who need help to buy food and heat their homes this winter can now apply for a Winter Support Grant.

The Council has been working with Oxfordshire County Council and other district councils to distribute nearly £1.4m of government funding to address food and fuel poverty.  The main part of this grant has been used to make access to free school meals over the school holiday periods available to children in need.

The remaining funds have been allocated to councils to offer support to households that are struggling to afford food or pay their fuel bills because of the coronavirus pandemic. 

The distribution of the grant is being managed by the council in partnership with Citizens Advice.   Support will be offered in the form of help with food and fuel costs alongside advice to ensure that residents are aware of any other help they may be able to access.

Councillor Andrew McHugh, Lead Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “We know that COVID-19 is making life very difficult for a lot of people but there is help available to those who need it.

“No-one in Cherwell should be going hungry or be worried about turning on the heating or cooker because they can’t afford it. Anyone who is in need, or friends, relatives or neighbours, should not hesitate to contact Citizens Advice. The COVID Winter Support Grant Scheme is there to help.”

More details of how to apply for a grant are available here.

Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam

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