Croydon council has promised to support residents battling the cost of living crisis this summer, with more than £3m in extra funding.
The package of additional help includes an extra £1m to support Croydon’s older residents through rising energy costs ahead of the Government’s winter fuel payment later this year.
Croydon council said its adult social care team will work closely with elderly residents to make sure they receive the right support for their individual circumstances.
A further £1.3m will go towards supporting children and young people ahead of the school summer holidays and the additional burden that these can place on many families.
Food vouchers will be distributed through local schools to families already in receipt of free school meals.
Additional funds will be available for those not in receipt of free school meals but who may still need support.
Money will also support a number of schools to continue to distribute surplus food through The Felix Project, providing parents and carers the opportunity to reduce their food bills.
Jason Perry, Executive Mayor of Croydon, said: “I know that families and households across Croydon are feeling the squeeze from current cost of living increases, which is why it is important we can support our most vulnerable residents through this difficult time with a range of financial support.
“The council will be working with all our partners to make sure household support funding goes directly to those who need it most, including looking after our elderly residents through rising fuel costs and helping families with young children.
“I would encourage anyone who is struggling financially to get in touch via the details on our website so we can support them where possible.”
More details on the fund, including information on how to apply directly, are available on the council website.
Pictured top: Croydon town hall (Picture: Google Street View)
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