With the cost of living crisis in the UK causing increasing pressure on local residents, Kingston and Richmond Councils have both developed resources to help.
Both councils now have designated pages on their websites listing advice and information around finances and budgeting, benefit entitlements and health and wellbeing support. They also list links to other organisations that are offering help during this difficult time.
As well as sharing advice and support, the local authorities have worked with partners in the voluntary and community sectors to develop networks of warm spaces. These are a group of places where residents can come together to stay warm if the cost of heating their own homes is proving difficult. These warm spaces have been listed on maps of the local areas and give those attending the chance to meet new people as well as staying warm as the weather gets colder.
We are doing all we can to support our residents and warm spaces is just one of those initiatives.”Cllr Gareth Roberts, Leader of Richmond Council
Cllr Gareth Roberts, Leader of Richmond Council, said: “The cost of living crisis in the UK is resulting in unprecedented pressures on people already struggling, and this winter thousands of people in Richmond will be forced to make tough decisions. We are doing all we can to support our residents and warm spaces is just one of those initiatives.”
Cllr Andreas Kirsch, Leader of Kingston Council, added: “We know this is a challenging time with increasing costs for everyone. Our new page has lots of advice and support that might help. We don’t want any residents to feel unsupported during this time. We are here to help.”
We don’t want any residents to feel unsupported during this time. We are here to help.”Cllr Andreas Kirsch, Leader of Kingston Council
Richmond Council Public Q&A
Richmond Council is hosting a public meeting for residents to find out more about the support available to help them through the cost of living crisis on Monday 12 December 2022, between 6.30 and 8.30pm.
Hosted by the Leader of the Council, the event will give attendees an update on the council’s own support for residents and businesses as well as the opportunity to ask questions to the panel which will include senior councillors, council officers and representatives from Citizen’s Advice Richmond and Achieving for Children.