Fuel vouchers are now available to help residents in need pay for their bills over winter, as part of a joint initiative between Hackney Council and East End Citizens’ Advice Bureau.
The vouchers will be provided to families and individuals who are unable to pay their bills through the Council’s Here to Help phone line, as part of ongoing Council efforts to ensure that residents have the financial support that they need over the winter period.
A maximum of two fuel vouchers will be provided per household. This will be funded through the Government’s winter grant funding which the Council is distributing to residents in need this winter. This funding has also been used to provide free school meal vouchers to every pupil in Hackney eligible for free school meals, along with extra support for 2,200 low-income families with younger children, as part of Council efforts to ensure that no child goes hungry this winter.
However, as the Government funding will not provide for every resident in need, extra support is being provided through Hackney’s Community Partnerships Network – a partnership between the Council and local voluntary and community organisations set up to ensure continued support for vulnerable residents affected by the wider impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
Residents who are unable to pay for their bills can apply for fuel vouchers by calling the Council’s Here to Help phone line on 020 8356 3111.