Older people on pension credit will receive a food and fuel contribution from Warwickshire County Council this summer.
To help with the rising cost of living, the council is once again distributing government funds to those most in need.
On the back of fuel payments to families in June, the council’s local welfare scheme is reaching out to eligible pensioners to provide one-off supermarket and fuel payments to help with household expenses.
Over the next few weeks, residents eligible for the aid will be contacted by the council and given two vouchers – £60 per eligible person to spend in a local supermarket and a £75 PayPoint voucher per eligible household to cover energy costs.
The council’s support is being funded by the Department for Work and Pensions’ Household Support Fund, which complements the local welfare scheme’s ongoing emergency support for residents in financial crisis.
Sudden and unexpected costs can create real challenges for Warwickshire residents who are struggling financially. The Household Support Fund is available to provide short-term financial support to meet immediate needs and help those struggling to afford energy.
Warwickshire County Councilor, holder of the Heather Timms portfolio for environment, climate and culture, said: ‘We are really delighted to offer these vouchers which will provide additional support to around 10,000 people in the county. Support is time-limited, so we want to make sure everyone we contact can claim the credit on time. Anyone eligible is encouraged to redeem the vouchers as soon as possible after receiving a letter from Warwickshire County Council with details of how to do so. We are also reaching out to friends and families of eligible residents to help them do so.
“Many people have been affected by the recent steep increases in the cost of living and we are doing everything we can to help those who are worried or in crisis find help managing their finances. I would like to remind people of the Local Welfare Scheme which provides support for those who have no other means of help, either directly or through extensive links with a range of support services in the county. I hope people will search online and get in touch, either for themselves or on behalf of someone else, to find out what help this is.
You can find your local PayPoint reseller at https://consumer.paypoint.com/ or call PayPoint on 0330 400 0002. By redeeming the PayPoint voucher you agree to use the money you receive for your energy bills only .
Information on using PayPoint vouchers is available online at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/localwelfarescheme where there is a link to the Local Welfare Scheme – PayPoint FAQ.
For help with vouchers or for more information on how the local welfare scheme can help you if you are in financial difficulty, please visit https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/localwelfarescheme or call 0800 4081448 or 01926 359182 to speak to a Customer Service Advisor.
For more information on financial support go to www.warwickshire.gov.uk/facinghardship