Council sets aside £500k in budget to help the worst-off
SEFTON Council is continuing to support some of the borough’s most vulnerable residents by earmarking more than £500,000 to help them.
Despite a continued reduction in support from the Government, the council has committed £500,000 to its welfare support scheme.
The scheme was established to provide support for vulnerable, lowincome families hit by unexpected financial crises, domestic emergencies and the impact of welfare reform.
This funding will be monitored closely and may be re-evaluated if the demand for services exceeds the current budget.
The council has committed to continue to fund the administration of its local welfare services to ensure that those who need support are able to access it when support is needed.
Financial resources will also be used to support Sefton’s helping hand service which manages the provision of essential household items.
South Sefton and Southport foodbanks will also benefit from a tranche of the funding which will help the services to maintain the necessary levels of food and other items in response to referrals from the council’s local welfare scheme.
Without this funding, many people across Sefton would not have access to vital hardship support – forcing them to go without, or faced with no option but to take out high-cost loans to pay for basics such as food, energy or furniture.
Sefton Council’s cabinet member for health and wellbeing, Cllr Ian Moncur, said: “It’s telling that due to the Government’s austerity measures we are seeing an increase in residents who need additional welfare support.
“The council has rightly set aside a significant budget to help keep essential welfare services running, but the hard truth is that even this extra financial support may not be enough for these vital services to meet the increased demand.”
Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s cabinet member for communities, added: “It is a shame that in 2018 we are still seeing so many Sefton residents who are finding themselves impacted by welfare reform and facing poverty.
“It is so important for the council to ensure that its local communities are able to receive the support they need.”
Cllr Trish Hardy – council must ensure residents are supported