The Blackpool scheme is part of the government’s wider COVID winter grant scheme and can provide assistance to families and those who are vulnerable if they have been financially impacted by coronavirus, particularly over winter.
The scheme has been launched to specifically help those who have been affected financially by the pandemic, for example if a member of a household has:
- Had a reduction in income due to being furloughed
- Been made redundant or had contract work end
- Been laid off or had working hours reduced
The grants are to be used where residents have arrears or are struggling to pay essential household bills, like gas and electric, united utilities or council tax, along with other essential expenses. The scheme does not cover housing costs, such as rent or mortgage payments, as alternative support is available for this.
Residents who think they are eligible for the grant should apply as soon as possible via the council website, where they are asked to submit information and supporting evidence of the bills they need assistance with.
For more information and to apply for the financial support grant visit – www.blackpool.gov.uk/
For support with rent for those who receive housing benefit visit – www.blackpool.gov.uk/DHP