Blackpool’s multi-million-pound financial lifeline ‘must be extended’

Calls are being made for a multi-million-pound financial lifeline which has helped thousands of vulnerable families in Blackpool to be extended.

One family in the town were said to be on the brink of losing their home until they received food vouchers from the scheme. Blackpool Council has now added its voice to organisations such as Barnardo’s and the Children’s Society to ask the government to extend the Household Support Fund which is due to end on March 31.

The fund enables councils to provide emergency support whether that is so families can buy essentials such as food, be put towards energy bills or help with providing white goods or furniture.

In the last year, Blackpool Council has supported more than 27,000 households including families with children, struggling with the cost of living crisis and needing help with higher rental and mortgage costs


The town has received more than £8m in Household Support funding, some of which can be used to provide food vouchers. In one case it meant a mother could use her benefits to keep the bailiffs away and to help her get on top of things after fleeing domestic violence.

Without the help of the household support fund, the family would have had possessions taken by bailiffs and faced the potential loss of their home. Coun Jo Farrell, cabinet member levelling up (people), said: “The Household Support fund has helped us provide essential support to vulnerable households.

“During school holidays, we have been able to provide support to over 5,000 families eligible for free school meals. Blackpool has the high percentage of pupils eligible for free school meals and this support is now at risk of coming to an end at very short notice.

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