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Leicester pensioners to receive vouchers

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A professional referral, such as from a social worker, school staff or housing officer, will be needed to access the money

Elderly people in Leicester who receive pension credit will receive a £100 ($123.47) voucher to help them meet the soaring cost of living. Leicester City Council has announced a £3.4 million ($4.20 million) pot of funding to help the city’s most vulnerable – with at least one third of this to be spent on helping pensioners pay for food and fuel.

Anyone who qualifies does not need to apply. Instead, the council will send the vouchers to them, from next month.

A city council spokesperson said: We will be supplying the details of those eligible to the Post Office and they will send the vouchers directly to them. This will start in June.

The rest of the money will be available as e-vouchers to people and families struggling with the cost of living crisis. A professional referral, such as from a social worker, school staff or housing officer, will be needed to access the money.

It can then be used in supermarkets, to buy school uniforms, put towards utility bills or towards replacing essential household equipment like cookers or fridges. In exceptional cases, it might be sent directly to landlords to cover rent.

Some of the money will also be used to support local foodbanks and on providing food for children who get free school meals this half term. Eligible families who have signed up to the scheme will be able to pick up a good food hamper from a pop-up pantry, as well as additional items this May holiday.

Leicester deputy city mayor, Councillor Sarah Russell said: This money is available to help with a range of needs, and we’re asking our staff who are based in communities to refer people and families to us who are most urgently in need of support. If you are struggling with money please talk to your social worker or child’s school if you have one, and ask to be referred for this fund.

She said: Council tenants can speak to their local housing officers, and income management officers who help people to manage debt can also make referrals on their behalf. Pensioners on low income who receive the pension credit benefit will automatically receive vouchers, so don’t need a referral.

Important:

This article is for information purposes only.

Please remember that financial investments may rise or fall and past performance does not guarantee future performance in respect of income or capital growth; you may not get back the amount you invested.

There is no obligation to purchase anything but, if you decide to do so, you are strongly advised to consult a professional adviser before making any investment decisions.