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South Gloucestershire Council COVID Support

 

Please find attached details of a South Gloucestershire Council Emergency Assistance Grant, for families struggling to afford food and other essentials. 

 

 

 

South Gloucestershire Council has been given access to just under £211,000 from the Government’s Local Authority Emergency Assistance Grant fund. This funding is for people who are struggling to afford food and other essentials.

We know that you are well-placed to connect with local families who may be struggling as we continue to experience the impacts of the Covid-19 outbreak and so we are asking for your help to make sure South Gloucestershire children, families and individuals in the greatest need can benefit from this funding:

  • Please contact the individuals or families who you know are struggling and put them in touch with Citizens Advice, by calling 01454 334961. To be eligible, they MUST BE:
    • South Gloucestershire resident(s)
    • on a low income
    • in an emergency or crisis due to Covid-19. Examples of this could include that families are: Homeless or threatened with homelessness (i.e. in mortgage or rent arrears); unable to afford food; vulnerable due to health conditions (physical or mental); in a position where there is no alternative/existing support scheme available to support them with their circumstance(s), or going through bereavement.
  • Citizens Advice will carry out brief checks and pick up any broader issues, advising and providing information to help people access longer term support they might need (such as benefits)
  • Citizens Advice will then pass any families they feel are eligible to our Finance and Benefits Team
  • We all need to set realistic expectations, as the funding will only stretch so far. Citizens Advice will determine the allocation of up to £500 per family, so this could mean only roughly 400 families/households across all South Gloucestershire communities will be given this help. The Government anticipates that most of the funding will be spent within 12 weeks.

For help and support for all South Gloucestershire residents, including people who are vulnerable, visit www.southglos.gov.uk/coronavirus.