Leaders at Staffordshire County Council say £5.5million will be spent this summer to help people cover the cost of rising bills.

The money is being distributed to help those facing difficulties paying for food, energy and water.

At least a third of the cash will be spent on families with children, while at another third has been earmarked specifically for pensioners.

Cllr Mark Sutton, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for children and young people, said:

“The Pandemic affected many people’s finances and the recent increase in food and energy prices has affected us all.

“For the past 18 months we have been targeting the families and people most in need of additional support and this summer we will distribute another £5.5 million by the end of September, including the families of 27,000 children as part of the Holiday Activity and Food programme.”

Cllr Mark Sutton, Staffordshire County Council

The money has been allocated to the county council from the Department of Work and Pensions.

Those eligible for the funding will be contacted directly by the county council.

“From feedback we know this makes such a difference to people who through no fault of their own are finding life a little tough at the moment.

“We are committed to helping wherever we can and this support will reach thousands of people across Staffordshire.”

Cllr Mark Sutton, Staffordshire County Council

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