Dundee City Council announces £880k winter funding boost for locals struggling this Christmas

Dundee City Council has announced hundreds of thousands of pounds of additional funding for locals struggling this winter.

Flexible funding of £886,000 has been allocated until March 2022 to support the most vulnerable in Dundee during the Covid-19 pandemic.

This is on top of £1.8m of supports already in place this financial year and includes an additional £300,000 for the Fuel Well Dundee scheme

Councillor John Alexander, leader of the city council, said: “We know there are people out there who are really struggling.

“You only have to look at the recent launch of the second Fuel Well Dundee scheme to see there are thousands finding it difficult to pay for essentials such as lighting and heating.

“Increasing bills for utilities and the rising cost of living generally is only one aspect of the many concurrent pressures impacting on people, alongside the loss of key pandemic supports such as the Universal Credit uplift and furlough scheme.

Dundee City Council leader, John Alexander

“It’s a perfect storm which is causing misery and anxiety for households across the city, impacting on young and old, and this support will help to alleviate that.”

Targeted fuel support totalling just over £300,000 will be provided to vulnerable older people across the city, with one-off payments going to thousands of households in receipt of Council Tax Reduction.

An additional £170,000 will be allocated to the Scottish Welfare Fund to support an increase in local applications and meet identified needs such as adult winter clothing.

Other funding includes discretionary support for families which home school their children and a £40,000 allocation to Funeral Link to assist vulnerable families who suffer bereavement and develop a service for those who are going through traumatic loss.

And a £50,000 grant will allow the Mission Christmas Toy Appeal to give 1000 gifts to children and young people who might otherwise go without this festive period.

More information on support available to citizens during the pandemic can be found here.

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