Kemi Badenoch, MP for the Saffron Walden constituency has welcomed the launch of the Conservative Government’s Household Support Fund Awareness Week, which is encouraging vulnerable families across Chelmsford and Uttlesford to check with Essex County Council what support is available to local people.
Since the Household Support Fund launched in October 2021, more than £2 billion has been invested to ease the cost-of-living pressures, including over £18.8 million for Essex County Council as part of the fourth round of funding between April 2023 and March 2024. This brings the total funding available to residents through the fund in Essex to over £47 million.
Councils in England can use the Government’s Household Support Fund to help those most in need by drawing from local knowledge and directly reaching people in the community. Support is available to help with covering the costs of essentials like groceries, toiletries, warm clothes, and energy bills.
The Government is continuing to support vulnerable households with cost-of-living pressures as it takes the long-term decisions needed to get the country on the right path for the future, whilst delivering on its promises to halve inflation, grow the economy, reduce debt, cut waiting lists and stop the boats.
Commenting, Mrs Badenoch said:
“I welcome the assistance being extended by this Government, including the funding allocated through the Household Support Fund, which has already had a significant positive impact on residents across Chelmsford and Uttlesford.
“I urge anyone who has concerns about their financial situation to reach out to Essex County Council to explore the potential support they may be entitled to receive.”