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Financial help available for Perth & Kinross residents who are feeling the pinch

Financial help and support is available to Perth & Kinross residents who are feeling the pinch this winter.

People who are concerned about paying bills, covering housing costs or heating their homes can contact the Council to make sure they are getting all the support they are entitled to.

A range of support is in place to help people through the pandemic including the Council's Financial Security Fund which is open to applications for people who might need assistance with:

  • Fuel debt
  • Broadband debt that prevents people getting online
  • Difficulty meeting the essential needs of children under two-years-old or a child with disabilities of any age, such as nappies, milk or wipes
  • Additional costs of living rurally

The Council's Welfare Rights Team is also available to make sure everyone is claiming the benefits they are entitled to. Last year more than 5,000 people contacted the Team, who were able to help them claim an additional £6.5 million in benefits.

Council tenants can also make an application from our Tenancy Sustainment Fund if they are struggling to pay their rent due to difficulties caused by the pandemic.

Advice is available about how you can minimise your household fuel bills this winter.

The full range of support available can be found on the Council's website at www.pkc.gov.uk/feelingthepinch

Perth & Kinross Council's Depute Director of Communities, Clare Mailer, said: "The pandemic is having a significant financial impact on many of our residents through redundancy, reduced incomes, increasing heating bills or furlough. We know that many people are finding things very difficult, through no fault of their own.

"Taking the first step to ask for help can often be difficult but I would urge anyone who is struggling at the moment to contact us to see how we can help, whether it be to check you are getting all the benefits that you should be, or for advice about reducing your bills.

"A variety of valuable support is available and our staff are here to help anyone who gets in touch. Please don't ignore your financial problems - contact us as soon as you can."

Anyone who wants to talk about the range of help we can provide can call the Welfare Rights Team on 01738 476900 (option 1).