Bolton Council has been awarded £2,780,000 to extend the Household Support Fund and this will be used to provide a range of services through the winter months.
The fund has already been used to support families with children who are eligible for free school meals over the October half-term and Christmas holidays, and further support will be provided to cover February half-term.
Household support, provided as part of the Council’s Local Welfare Provision Scheme, and additional funding for Bolton’s care and repair service for boilers are just some of the ways residents struggling financially will be helped though the funding.
Cllr Martyn Cox, Leader of Bolton Council, said:
This national funding recognises the vital role local authorities play in supporting the most vulnerable residents.
It will enable the council to continue to provide much-needed support to low-income households at risk of poverty and financial hardship throughout the winter.