The £100k fund will support local community building owners with their energy bills so they can keep their buildings open to the most vulnerable this winter.
Support for the most vulnerable and keeping communities strong and resilient was the core focus for Oxfordshire leaders as they met for a cost of living roundtable event.
This comes on the back of an estimate that around 4,000 Oxfordshire pensioners are missing out on much-needed financial support.
The council is to outline its wide-ranging, targeted package of support to address the cost of living crisis at the meeting of its executive committee on Monday, 03 October.
Help is available in Oxford, and the City Council and its partners are already providing support and information for anyone worried about the increased cost of living.
The council’s cabinet agreed to a list of proposals to assist local people – particularly the vulnerable – as they face the combination of inflation and the rising cost of energy.
The council is asking the public whether all working-age residents should pay up to £2 per week in council tax to help ease financial pressures.
The City Council needs to have delivered increasing levels of savings and additional income generation totalling £5.5 million annually from the financial year 2026/27.
Nearly £2m of grant funding is available for Oxford homeowners & residents in private rented homes to install energy efficiency and cost-saving measures to help reduce the rising cost of bills.
Those who are eligible for the rebate but who do not pay their bill by direct debit will need to fill in an online form to claim the £150 payment. Claims can only be made online, not by phone, email or in writing.
If you pay your council tax by Direct Debit, you will receive the rebate automatically. If you don’t, you’ll need to apply online. Don’t miss out – make sure you apply.