By Tara O’Connor, Local Democracy Reporter
Croydon council will hand out £3m of Government cash to families struggling to make ends meet this winter.
It is the second batch of money from the Household Support Fund which has already seen £6m distributed in Croydon to 67,000 residents.
Nearly 60 per cent of the £3m will go towards supporting families over the Christmas holidays.
This includes £15 food vouchers for families who get free school meals with other cash available for others who need help feeding their children over the break.
Of the fund, £50,000 will go towards residents living in council tower blocks in Regina Road.
A total of 110 residents will receive a £200 one-off payment to help with fuel bills, they will also receive a £75 Argos voucher for “essentials linked to fuel” such as warm bedding.
There are 500 households in Croydon in temporary accommodation who pay their utility bills directly to the council and missed out on the government’s previous energy bill rebates.
Through the Household Support fund, these residents will be given a one-off £400 payment to help with rising costs.
Jason Perry, mayor of Croydon, said: “Council teams are already working to contact our most vulnerable residents, supporting them to keep on top of bills and household essentials as living costs continue to rise.
“We know that this winter is set to be difficult for many people and we are determined to do everything we can to help by using this funding to target support where it’s needed most.”
The latest pot of money is set to be distributed between now and March 2023.
The proposed allocation of the Household Support Fund is set to be approved at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday (December 7).
For further help and support to help with the cost of living crisis visit the council’s website at https://www.croydon.gov.uk/get-help-rising-cost-living
Pictured top: Croydon town hall (Picture: Grahame Larter)