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Household Support Fund supports vulnerable families in Knowsley

by Jonathan Kearney

Knowsley Council has been awarded £1.9m from the Government’s Household Support Fund which is being allocated through the Knowsley Better Together approach by partner agencies and community groups who are working with vulnerable residents. They are best placed to identify needs and ensure appropriate support is available to them.

Knowsley Better Together brings people and organisations together for the benefit of Knowsley by pooling ideas, expertise and resources.

The Household Support Fund supports vulnerable households with essentials over the winter period to meet daily costs needs such as food, clothing and heating.

In Knowsley, the funding has been allocated to provide:-

  • Free School Meals and Food Vouchers for those pupils who are means tested
  • Community based support which includes a range of support from food supplies, mental health support and financial management advice
  • Funding to provide activities for children during school holidays
  • A school-based family in need programme, enabling schools to offer targeted support to children and their families
  • Fuel bank (for pre-paid meter) and a fuel bank for those without a pre-paid meter
  • Grants to support water bill payments

Cllr Graham Morgan, Leader of Knowsley Council, said: “We received our allocation at the end of October and it was essential that the funding was allocated both quickly and where it is needed the most to support our vulnerable households over the winter period.

“Through Knowsley Better Together and working with our communities, partners and community groups, we know what support is needed and where and we’ve been able to allocate our funding based on need.

“I know that this funding will support our residents over the winter period and hopefully will go some way to alleviate some of the challenges and pressures they are facing.”