How we are supporting you through the cost of living crisis
As the cost of living continues to rise, we are seeing the direct impact on ourselves as a social housing association and, more importantly, on you - our tenants.
Understanding how anxious you may be feeling about the current crisis, we are here to help you, signposting and sharing information about saving money and where to get extra external support.
As the government has promised to give a one-off payment of £650 to low-income households, we share more information on who can expect to receive these payments and when:
- This is based on information supplied by the government: www.gov.uk/guidance/cost-of-living-payment?disability-benefits
- There is also more information on support from the government here: Cost of Living Support – Get government support to help with the cost of living
- Chorley and South Ribble councils have put together this useful summary of cross borough support: Chorley and South Ribble support
Our Financial Inclusion Team and community support officers can offer emotional and practical support if you have been struggling.
For example, Community Support Officer Samuel Griffith has been supporting one particular tenant, a single mother, who is struggling financially as a result of the shortfall in Housing Benefit caused by the bedroom tax. By referring her to a community hub, she was able to top up her electricity meter and get a food parcel to keep her going until she received her benefits.
Our charity, Key Unlocking Futures, supports people experiencing homelessness or similar hard times due to the cost of living crisis: Home - Key Unlocking Futures (keycharity.org.uk)
We are also joining forces with our peer organisations through the PlaceShapers network to highlight the huge impact of the rising cost of living on our tenants and communities.
In supporting PlaceShapers, we hope this campaign will help influence the government to do more to support us all during this spiralling crisis.
Support and resources
- The Base community centre, Broadfield estate, Leyland:
Community cafe every Monday offers free hot food for the local community between 10am - 4:30pm
One stop shop every Wednesday – Pay £2.50 per week to select 10 items of food from the shop.
- The Fylde Food Community Hub - Lower Lane Community Centre
Open Saturday mornings. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/FACFHLLC/
- Wade Hall Community Shop, Royal Avenue Leyland. Open Mondays 12.30pm until 6.30pm. Members pay £3.50 per visit for 10 items. More details can be found here: (20+) Wade hall community association | Facebook
We also have a list of community resources here: Community support and useful resources | Progress Housing Group (progressgroup.org.uk)
For more support, visit our website: Support & wellbeing | Progress Housing Group (progressgroup.org.uk)
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