As the cost of living increases nationally, Cornwall Council has pulled together information about the wide range of help and support available to residents.
The ‘I’m worried about money’ webpage on the Council’s website includes information and links to support provided through the authority and its partner organisations.
This spans everything from debt advice and job-seeking to emergency food provision, council tax discounts and crisis grants for people who suddenly find themselves struggling.
Cllr Dr Andy Virr, Portfolio Holder for Adults and Public Health, said:
“Times are already tough, but they are going to get even tougher as our household bills rise significantly this year. I want people to know that they are not alone and there is a wealth of support available from many different groups and organisations.
“I would urge people to check out our ‘I’m worried about money’ webpage to find out what help they can receive and how to access it. Alternatively, they can call 0300 123 1118.”
Some of the key help and support includes:
Cllr Richard Pears, Portfolio Holder for Customers, said:
“We are committed to helping anyone who finds themselves in financial hardship and when we identify those in need, we always look at a range of different options to help them both now and in the future. This might include referrals to employment programmes, adult education courses, skills-based training, debt management and housing support, for example.
“If you’re struggling, please get in touch or use our webpage to find out what support is available to you.”
People are also reminded that there is a wealth of support available for anyone struggling with their mental health.
If you are worried about your own or someone else’s mental health call the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly 24/7 NHS mental health response line on 0800 038 5300. It’s free to access by anyone, any age, any time, day or night.