Babergh District Council - What have we done for you, 2019 - 2022 report

What have we done for you 2022 22 In the cost-of-living crisis, we’re here with you We live in extraordinary economic times, and the cost-of-living crisis will impact on everyone in different ways. In response, we developed a five-point action plan in May 2022. We want to ensure people get the help they are entitled to, work with our partners in Suffolk to provide targeted support, give advice, and do what we can to prevent people falling into crisis. For example, we successfully supported 31,983 households using the government’s Council Tax Energy Rebate - a total of £4,797,450 spent under the main scheme, and £29,700 in discretionary payments. And we are working with partners and community groups to set up ‘WarmSpaces’ where people can go if they are concerned about heating costs at home. We’ve been offering one-off grants to organisations so they can keep buildings open without passing on increased costs to the community, or provide activities/entertainment. Our five-point action plan Promote access to food and nutrition. Coordinate government support. Work with partners and established systems to provide targeted support Exercise discretion when we provide welfare support and advice. Maintain good health. SUPPORT PREVENTION