Posted on Tuesday 23rd February 2021
Simon England and Mark Downes (Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service)
Families struggling to heat their homes over the winter could get up to £200 financial support to pay their heating bills.
Staffordshire County Council is working with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and local charity Beat The Cold to deliver the Covid-19 winter grant scheme.
In addition to the financial help, families will also be signposted to the Staffordshire Warmer Homes scheme which could see the installation of free gas central heating in their homes.
Households in an emergency situation who do not have heating, or heating that is broken could also get portable heaters delivered and a winter warmth pack including hats, scarves, blankets and gloves. The support is available to residents who have low or no income or those claiming benefits.
Mark Sutton, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People at Staffordshire County Council said:
“We want to make sure that vulnerable families are getting the support they need to stay healthy and well during winter, which is why we have created the fund.
“Covid-19 has presented us all with huge challenges and extra pressures, particularly for many of our more vulnerable families. We know that many households, through no fault of their own are finding it hard going and struggling with things like paying heating bills.
“Through the scheme, we’re not only offering financial support, but also helping families find a long term affordable solution to heating their home. I would encourage anyone who thinks they might be eligible to get in touch with us or make an application.”
Funding is limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. The money will be given to families as pre-paid meter credit or be paid directly to their energy provider to add credit to their account or to clear prior debt.
Families can apply for the Covid-19 winter grant scheme at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/covidwintersupport. By speaking to frontline council staff or by contacting local charity ‘Beat The Cold’, on 01782 914915.