£2.7 million has been made available for residents of Salford, made available by the Department for Work and Pensions to tackle finical hardship across the region this winter.

After last winter was faced with England still in national lockdown many families are still struggling with the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The money has been made available to help with the financial, physical, and mental effects which are still being felt.

Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett, who was first elected in 2016 said:” This funding will help the most vulnerable in our communities through what will be a really tough winter period for many”

Salford Mayor Paul Dennett, Facebook

Those who are eligible will receive a one-off payment, with the money available until 31st March 2022.

Lead Member for Inclusive Economy, Anti-Poverty and Equalities, Councillor Sharmina August, said:” In Salford, we work hard to make sure vulnerable residents are supported in the best way possible. This funding will help us to continue that support and our commitment to building a fairer, more equal society for everyone.”

Although applicants don’t have to be in receipt of benefits to access the funds, the council say applicants should be prepared to show proof they don’t have the money to afford household bills over the coming months.

The scheme is available across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, with £41 Million for Scotland, £25 million for the Welsh government and £14 Million going to the Northern Irish government.

Anyone in need of support or to check if their eligible should contact the council or visit their website.

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