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Opposition Groups Join Forces To Support Vulnerable Residents

The three opposition groups serving on Breckland Council; Labour, the Greens and Independent Group, have joined forces to propose a joint amendment to Breckland Council’s budget this week, in an attempt to provide greater support to the District’s most vulnerable residents
Opposition Groups Join Forces To Support Vulnerable Residents

The three opposition groups serving on Breckland Council; Labour, the Greens and Independent Group, have joined forces to propose a joint amendment to Breckland Council’s budget this week, in an attempt to provide greater support to the District’s most vulnerable residents.

The budget amendment would provide an immediate cash injection of £100,000 to the District’s household support fund that had to be abruptly suspended recently as too many people were applying for the funds available. The amendment goes further and seeks to tackle some of the longer-term causes of poverty with efforts to improve the energy efficiency of homes across the District, critical at a time of runaway gas and electric prices. Tackling food waste too and aiming to reduce food poverty also features, as well as the allocation of £250,000 in capital funds to improve the provision of homelessness support in the north of the District.

Labour Group Leader Terry Jermy said; “Residents are not in immune in this District to rising inflation and soaring energy bills. As local Councillors, we can’t dictate Government policy around cuts to universal credit and national insurance increases. But, we as a Council, can and must do what we can to support the most vulnerable Breckland residents. These budget amendments seek to provide immediate support whilst work gets underway to implement the longer-term changes that are needed. The abrupt suspension of the household support fund indicates the level of demand across the district and I know from my own ward how people are struggling financially with the cost of living crisis. We’ve put our political differences to one side as opposition groups to work collectively to propose some actions that would help our more vulnerable residents”.

The Council’s budget setting meeting takes place on Thursday 17th February 2022.

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