A new voucher scheme launched this week to help people who may struggle to pay for heating, food or other essentials this winter.

It was set up by the South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils to support people in the area.

The funding for this new scheme is part of a £3.4 million package of support allocated to Oxfordshire County Council from the government’s Household Support Fund.

Councillor Maggie Filipova-Rivers from South Oxfordshire District Council said: “The effects of the pandemic are ongoing for many residents, so it’s essential we offer help for those who are struggling with every-day costs.

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“We don’t want anyone to be worrying about how they can afford to keep their home warm or pay for their food shopping this winter. We encourage people to reach out for assistance - we are here to help.”

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse and the other district and city councils are working in partnership with the voluntary and community sector to make best use of the funding and get the right help to those who need it.

In the Vale, the voluntary organisation Vale Community Impact are also helping people with vouchers.

The county council is providing support for children and young people eligible for free school meals from the same government fund.

People in both districts can get in touch with Citizens Advice for more information.

The scheme will end in March 2022, unless funds are spent sooner.


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