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Council Reaches Out to Provide Urgent Help for Residents in Need

Published Monday, 15 February 2021

Help is at hand if Covid 19 has affected your household income through job loss or reduced wages and you are struggling in the short term with essential bills.

If your income has been affected due to Covid 19 you may be able to get help and support through Ribble Valley Borough Council’s Emergency Assistance Grant Scheme.

Residents who have seen their income reduced as a direct result of the current pandemic and, as a result of low income, are struggling for essential items such as food, gas or electric can apply for help through this scheme.

Councillor Bridget Hilton, Chair of Ribble Valley Borough Council’s Health and Housing committee, said

“This is a difficult time for all, but if you have experienced job loss or a severe reduction in your income due to Covid it can be a very worrying time indeed.  Through this scheme the Council has been able to support a number of families and individuals with emergency help in their time of need, many of whom have found themselves in need of help for the first time.

“Support has been provided to help meet urgent food and energy costs and, in some cases, essential items such as a fridge or washing machine have been replaced so that families can store food safely and do the family laundry”

Cllr Hilton added, “Many people are having to adjust to new circumstances and may never have sought help before but if you are struggling, perhaps while waiting for other assistance or think you don’t qualify, I would encourage you to look at this scheme.  It may be able to help.  The process is simple, requires you to provide some basic information and help can be provided quickly to eligible applicants.”

Details of the scheme including eligibility are available on the council’s web site at www.ribblevalley.gov.uk.

Staff are available to discuss the scheme in confidence if you have any queries - ask for the Emergency Assistance Grant Team.

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