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3rd Jul, 2022

Help for Warwickshire residents during post-pandemic recovery

WARWICKSHIRE residents facing hardship can find help to get back on their feet as the economy recovers and the vaccine rollout continues.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has announced the Covid Local Support Grant will be extended for one final time, beyond the planned ending of restrictions on Monday (July 19).

Additional funding has been allocated to every council for families with children, other vulnerable households and individuals to ensure people who are struggling have support for food, essential items, and utilities.

Warwickshire’s share of the grant is £1.322m, and Warwickshire County Council (WCC) will be distributing the latest allocation to families eligible for benefits-related free school meals and others in need of support over the period when schools are closed for the summer.

The grant will be administered for the fifth time by Warwickshire’s Local Welfare Scheme, which is there for the county’s most vulnerable residents at times of unavoidable crisis to meet the costs of food, energy and other essentials, and signposts to further help available from other services across the county.

WCC environment, climate and culture spokeswoman Coun Heather Timms said: “More people are finding themselves facing hardship as the financial consequences of the pandemic are realised. Our Local Welfare Scheme has been able to offer help to many and the Covid Local Support Grant has enabled us to do even more.

“Throughout the pandemic we have collaborated with public, community and voluntary sector organisations to make sure those most in need have information and access to support, and this will continue.”

Contact the Warwickshire Local Welfare Scheme for a confidential discussion on 01926 359182 or 0800 408 1448.

Visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/localwelfarescheme  for more information about the scheme.

Visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/facinghardship for information about wider support from the council and other services.

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