Emergency financial hardship funding available for residents

Barnsley Council has been awarded £350,000 as part of the government's emergency financial hardship funding in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

In addition, the council are matching this with £270,000 of internal funding. The money will be used to help people in the borough who have been directly affected by the pandemic.

Projects and services such as the Healthy Holidays programme, Local Welfare Assistance scheme and Welfare Advice Services will see a cash injection which will allow for the provision of support to residents.

Councillor Sir Stephen Houghton CBE, Leader of Barnsley Council, said: "We know that many of our residents will have been affected financially as a result of the pandemic and find themselves in difficult circumstances through no fault of their own.

"We have several initiatives set up to support local people who have been directly impacted by the virus and this money will help us to support those projects and those people.

"We want to help people get back on their feet as soon as possible and hope that the hardship fund can go some way towards doing that."

For more information, or to see what support is available, please visit barnsley.gov.uk/money-advice-and-support.

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