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Financial assistance resources – Autumn/Winter 2021

With the furlough scheme ending, the phasing out of the £20/week increase in Universal Credit, higher energy costs, and increases in fuel costs, many people in Cornwall will experience further financial difficulties and a difficult winter.

If you’re a householder facing financial difficulties or are a frontline worker or carer, here’s a list of some of the financial help available this Autumn/Winter throughout Cornwall.

Inclusion Cornwall: The Inclusion Cornwall resources page has a helpful list of resources sheets covering topics of relevance to those supporting others – ex-offenders, families, migrants, as well as support around food banks, family resources, emergency funding grants, and more.

Energy Issues: We’re part of the Winter Wellbeing project which has extensive resources to help people save money on their energy bills, as well as details of schemes to install more efficient heating. For information on damage limitation on the increasing energy bills, take a look at a video by Martin Lewis (Money Saving Expert), released on 21 September.

Cornwall Voluntary Sector Forum: Included among resources to support the sector are lists of hardship funds for individuals, and helplines and referral points for those in urgent need.

Cornwall Council: You can find out about benefits support, payments if you have to stop work due to self-isolating, mental health support, and much more, on the Cornwall Council coronavirus support pages. There is also information about free school meals.

Transformation Cornwall: There is a list of all the local Food Banks that is updated weekly, including details of opening times, and referral mechanisms.

School Uniform costs: Care and Support in Cornwall has an information page giving tips to reduce the cost of school uniforms, including school uniform exchange and re-sale groups across Cornwall. Cornwall Council does not offer a grant towards the cost of school uniforms.

Advice and support from Community Energy Plus: If you’re on a low income and finding it difficult keeping warm and healthy in your home, please contact us for free, impartial advice on 0800 954 1956 or [email protected]