Children, low-income pensionable households, carers and many others have benefited from Oxfordshire County Council’s cost of living crisis support schemes for residents over the winter of 2022/3 and afterwards.
The support, agreed in September 2022, has been provided in addition to national resources provided through the Household Support Fund (HSF), including a varied programme of support for energy saving measures through the Better Housing Better Health Programme.
High levels of resources have also been provided to local voluntary and community sector (VCS) services.
Councillor Liz Leffman, the Leader of Oxfordshire County Council, said: “We’re proud of the support that’s been given to residents at this very difficult time. We believe it has made a real difference at a time when energy bills, food costs and other expenses have been spiralling due to the well documented inflationary pressures in the economy.”
Councillor Michael O’Connor, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Inequalities, added: “Resource and effort are important, but so is coordination. By working together with many organisations, we really have made a difference in these tough times, and we’re grateful for the work done by those partners all over the county.
“We do have the resources in place to be able to provide similar levels of support to vulnerable residents in 2023/4 and plans are being laid down to do just that.”
Support provided has included:
The council has also supported advisory agencies in the voluntary and community sector and, on 01 June, launched a new Resident Support Scheme, which has already supported 160 Oxfordshire households.
There’s lots more support in the pipeline. Visit the county council’s help with rising living costs webpages for more information.