£4 million grant given approval to support vulnerable Bristol residents

£4 million grant given approval to support vulnerable Bristol residents

Vulnerable people living in Bristol will be given a helping hand this winter thanks to a £4 million grant of targeted financial support.

16 December 2021

Bristol City Council’s Cabinet has approved the rollout of the Household Support Fund to support residents most in need over the winter period.
At least 50 per cent of the money will be used to support vulnerable households with children.

A large proportion of the money will be allocated to around 28,000 households and individuals, of working age, on Housing Benefit or the Council Tax Reduction Scheme. Eligible residents will receive a one-off £100 supermarket voucher to spend on food and household goods.

Free school meal vouchers will also be made available to parents of eligible early years and school age children during February 2022 half term using the grant. Information will be shared with families direct from their school.

In addition, further targeted support will be available including help for Syrian and Afghan refugees and asylum seekers living in the city, with the help of the Red Cross.

Councillor Craig Cheney, Deputy Mayor of Bristol with responsibility for Finance, Governance and Performance, said:

“Winter is always a difficult time of year, with increased household bills and Christmas putting pressure on those who are already struggling financially.

“Supporting our most vulnerable residents, is a top priority and we know that people are still feeling the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as facing the rising cost of living. Additional support for the city’s refugees and asylum seekers too also reinforces our mission to create a City of Sanctuary, providing safety and support for all.

“This funding is incredibly valuable and it’s vital that we use it to support as many people facing financial hardship as possible, providing an important safety net that many of us take for granted.”

Residents on Housing Benefit or the Council Tax Reduction Scheme will receive a voucher code through the post soon which they will need to redeem online. This only applies to people born on or after 26 September 1955 who are classed as working age.

If residents are struggling financially and need advice they should visit the Bristol City Council website where there is guidance and signposting to agencies who can offer help and support.

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