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HomeHarrow CouncilExtra cost of living support for low-income Harrow residents

Extra cost of living support for low-income Harrow residents

Harrow’s Household Support Fund (HSF) has been granted £1.47 million in additional funding from the Department for Work and Pensions. This new round of funding aims to assist low-income households in Harrow with essential costs such as food, utilities, and other necessities.

As part of this initiative, more than 6,750 households will benefit from Free School Meal vouchers during the school holidays throughout 2024. These vouchers are designed to alleviate the financial burden on families, ensuring children have access to nutritious meals even when school is out.

The HSF has also extended its support to local organisations such as Help Harrow and the Community Hub. These groups offer quick access to food supplies and provide vital information and advice on various topics, including energy savings, health, and benefits.

The funding will also support several key services, including advice services through the Conversation Café, an application-based scheme run by Citizens Advice Harrow to provide emergency financial support to households facing severe financial hardship, and vouchers for care leavers to assist them in transitioning to independent living.

Cllr Stephen Greek, Portfolio Holder for Performance, Communications & Customer Experience said:  “This is welcome additional funding from the Government which will continue to help those most in need.

“We are using this funding to provide free school meal vouchers in the school holidays, advice and support through our Conversation Café, and more money to our care leavers as they transition to independence. There will also be emergency support available to those in financial hardship.

“We encourage anyone struggling to look on our website which has comprehensive information on cost-of-living support or visit Greenhill Library for in-person assistance.”