Swindon MPs welcome support for vulnerable people

By Barrie Hudson - 11 April 2023

  • South Swindon MP Sir Robert Buckland and North Swindon counterpart Justin Tomlinson

    South Swindon MP Sir Robert Buckland and North Swindon counterpart Justin Tomlinson

North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson and South Swindon counterpart Sir Robert Buckland have welcomed the news that the Government’s extended Household Support Fund Allocations for local authorities is now available.

Swindon Borough Council will receive £3,030,691 in this latest round of funding to help families that need support with the cost of essentials in the face of rising costs.

This funding takes the total level of support provided to Swindon residents to £7,576,728, which the MPs say demonstrates Government commitment to support the most vulnerable.

The Household Support Fund is a discretionary fund provided to local authorities, enabling them to provide support to vulnerable families struggling to cover essential costs who may not be eligible for other Government support schemes. 

Other support, the MPs say, includes means-tested £900 Cost of Living Payments, a £150 payment for disabled people, £300 for pensioner households and the Energy Price Guarantee.

The Swindon MPs said in a joint statement: “Many families in Swindon are struggling with rising prices caused by global economic pressures including Russia’s illegal war in Ukraine.

“That is why I welcome the £3 million funding for Swindon Borough Council from this week to help vulnerable residents through the Household Support Fund, building on our record of helping those most in need through challenging times. 

“The Household Support Fund is a vital scheme helping families that are unable to pay for essentials, extending the fund will help many more families in need this year.”

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