Residents in Kensington and Chelsea in need of financial support during the COVID-19 pandemic can apply now.
The Council is placing £500,000 into a financial hardship fund, with the option to add to this further later. The existing Kensington and Chelsea fund has been available to residents for years but is being expanded so that the Council can help more people who are affected by coronavirus. The fund supports people to pay for essentials such as food and energy bills.
This will be on top of a contribution from government, which announced £500 million for hardship funds within all UK local authorities last week. The amount for Kensington and Chelsea from national government has not yet been confirmed.
The Council is helping those most in need with a team of staff ready to step in and assist the two food banks in the borough, and working with partners to introduce a new food bank in the south of the borough.
A Council Tax Reduction Scheme already offers 100% relief on council tax to the most in need. The Council is looking at extra help for the 3400 people of working age who currently receive partial support as part of its response to COVID-19.
The Council is already supporting businesses offering rent relief to market traders and will be contacting businesses as soon as they know how the government’s business rates relief holiday will be implemented.
To apply for the hardship grant, residents should visit the Council website. Full information on the hardship grants is a available on the Council’s coronavirus information portal.