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Council’s Household Support Fund helps older people

Published: Thursday, 14th July 2022

Council’s Household Support Fund helps older people

Pendle Borough Council’s latest round of the Household Support Fund has been launched and includes a cash payment to help vulnerable older people with the soaring cost of living.

All households with at least one person over 60 who receives Council Tax Support will receive a letter to claim a one-off £90 cash payment from the Post Office. 

The remaining funds will support local foodbanks so that they can provide food and hygiene products to Pendle households experiencing financial hardship. 

Meanwhile, families who receive free school meals will be supported by Lancashire County Council through food vouchers which can be used during the summer break. 

Councillor Nadeem Ahmed, Leader of Pendle Borough Council, explained: “We’re pleased that we can once again offer support to those who most need it. 

“The initial fund was set up over the winter months and it’s fantastic to see it has been extended so that we can continue to provide much-needed help to local people. 

“The cost of living crisis is affecting us all and these payments will go some way to help ease financial pressures.” 

Those who are eligible for the cash payment will receive a letter in the coming weeks which will explain what to do. 

Councillor Ahmed stressed that letters are being sent out in batches so if you don’t receive your letter at the same time as a friend or neighbour, don’t worry. 

The letters will include a unique barcode which can be scanned at any Post Office branch to claim the money. ID will need to be shown when claiming the payment. 

For more information about the Household Support Fund visit – 

If anyone is worried about the cost of living, the Council’s virtual community support hub is an online directory of around 80 local, regional and national organisations. 

Councillor Ahmed added: “We know that this is a challenging time and we want to make it easy for people to get the help they need. 

“By visiting Pendle Community Support Hub on our website, you can find organisations which can help with things like accessing food and mental health and wellbeing support.