Council offers help with energy bills to residents struggling due to pandemic - The Rugby Observer

Council offers help with energy bills to residents struggling due to pandemic

Rugby Editorial 26th Mar, 2021   0

HELP is available to Warwickshire residents who are struggling to pay their energy bills due to financial difficulties arising from the pandemic.

Warwickshire County Council’s (WCC) Local Welfare Scheme is offering a one-off voucher to families and households finding it difficult to pay for fuel.

Families and households in Warwickshire can apply whether they use pre-payment meters, pay by direct debit or on receipt of an energy bill if they can evidence eligibility through the impact of Covid-19 on their income.

Circumstances eligible for support include redundancy, furlough before payment, or being self-employed with unpredictable income or prior to an application for payment from the government.




The support is funded by the Department for Work and Pensions’ Covid Winter Grant Scheme which supplements ongoing emergency support from the Local Welfare Scheme for residents in financial crisis.

Rob Powell, WCC Strategic Director for Resources, said: “The pandemic has affected families and households in many ways and some are feeling the financial impact acutely.


“The council is on hand to provide help and as part of our wider offer we are pleased to be able to offer a one-off voucher for fuel payments to anyone whose income has been adversely affected.

“We hope this will make a difference to many households and we urge residents to get in touch as soon as possible to find out more and enquire about other support that may also be available.”

Since December 2020 the council has used its allocation from the Government’s Covid Winter Grant Scheme to help families and individuals facing financial hardship to afford food, fuel and household essentials.

Anyone entitled to benefits automatically receives this support and applications are welcome from others in financial difficulty at this time.

This funding has helped give people access to vital aid including practical, financial and emotional support.

Residents are invited to contact the Welfare Scheme team for a confidential discussion about their situation.

Call 0800 408 1448 or 01926 359182 to speak to an advisor in confidence, or visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/localwelfarescheme for more information about the Local Welfare Scheme.

Applications for the one-off energy bill voucher must be made by April 16.

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