Council Leader updates on cost of living crisis

Published Wednesday 1 June 2022 at 12:10

Following the Government’s announcement last week that it will provide a package of extra measures to support people around the cost of living crisis, the Leader of Blackburn with Darwen Council has provided an update.

Cllr Phil Riley, Leader of Blackburn with Darwen Council, said:

We welcome the Government’s announcement around the further financial help it will provide to people later in the year, but more needs to be done and it needs to be done now. People are feeling the pressure across our community.

As a Council, there are things that we don’t have any control over, including the rising cost of fuel, rising food prices, and energy costs, but in the areas where the Council can do something, we are dedicated to doing what we can for people who need our help.

We were one of the first Councils in the region to start delivering the Council Tax Energy Rebate which is still rolling out now for non-direct debit payers and this will hopefully help people with rising costs.

One of the main avenues for help at the moment is the Household Support Scheme which has now been extended and can provide support with a range of issues from access to food, support with energy and water bills, and other essential items. Please take a look at the application form if you think you need help in this way.

We are working really hard as a Council to find ways where we can get help to the people who need it the most. We will do our best to get through this challenging time together.

For more information and available support go here and here.

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