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Submitted by yvonne on Fri, 07/14/2023 - 12:58

Residents of Oxfordshire may apply to new local hardship fund

Oxford, 14th July, 2023

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Residents of Oxfordshire may now apply to a new package of help—a local hardship fund. The Residents Support Scheme will help with short-term basic living costs such as food and credit for gas/electric prepayment metres.

It can also help in some circumstances with white goods, furniture and clothing. It is intended to meet one-off crisis or emergency need and is not designed to meet any type of ongoing expenses.

Cash will not usually be awarded, but a pay point voucher (which can be redeemed for cash) or bank transfer can be supplied where necessary.

Items required, such as furniture, ovens or fridges will be purchased through the scheme and the delivery will be arranged with the resident directly to their home.

If approved, delivery of these items will be arranged within five working days. The old item will be removed, where applicable, and the new item will be installed.

The scheme will also signpost residents to other sources of support that are available to ensure that they can get the maximum level of help.

There may also be the opportunity for referral for advice/assistance with financial, debt and/or welfare benefits to try and address the resident’s long-term needs.

Apply for Residents Support Scheme through Oxfordshire County Council.

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