Funding Boost Helps Ease Covid Debt
Residents facing financial pressure and debt as a result of Covid-19 restrictions can get the support they need thanks to funding of more than £500,000. East Sussex County Council is supporting organisations with one-off grants to help them offer advice and support to people whose finances have been affected by changes in income due to job loss, furlough or shielding.
The funding for voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations comes from the Government’s Contain Outbreak Management Fund and is a result of discussions between the County Council and the East Sussex VCSE Alliance, a group of local charities and voluntary sector organisations working together.
Cllr Carl Maynard, the county council’s lead member for adult social care and health, says: “While the restrictions put in place were necessary to protect the most vulnerable, they have sadly resulted in financial difficulties for a large number of our residents.” He continued that the council is working with the VCSE sector “to ensure that we use the money where we can have the biggest impact, by supporting the organisations able to reach out and offer practical help and advice”.
A total of 11 organisations will benefit including Citizens Advice 1066, Eastbourne, Lewes, Rother and Wealden, Age Concern Eastbourne, Age UK East Sussex, AMAZE, Brighton Housing Trust – Brighton, Eastbourne and Hastings Advice Centres, Hastings Advice and Representation Centre (HARC) and Possibility People.
Commenting on the partnership with the council, Steve Hare, Vice Chair of The East Sussex VCSE Alliance, says: “Things are likely to remain difficult for some time to come” particularly with the ending of furloughing, eviction protection measures and other Covid support.
• Residents in need of advice can search ‘VCSE’ at eastsussex.gov.uk/financeadvice to find and contact the relevant organisations.
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