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Worcester joins charity shop gift card scheme

Ann Smith, manager of the St Richard’s Hospice shop in Mealcheapen St in Worcester, and Worcester City Council Joint Leader Cllr Lynn Denham holding Charity Shop Gift Cards. Ann Smith, manager of the St Richard’s Hospice shop in Mealcheapen St in Worcester, and Worcester City Council Joint Leader Cllr Lynn Denham holding Charity Shop Gift Cards.

Worcester residents in need are to be given gift cards for local charity shops to enable them to buy clothes and other essentials. Worcester City Council is working with the national Charity Shop Gift Card scheme to deliver the 'essential items' part of its Discretionary Welfare Assistance Scheme (DWAS), which supports people with immediate financi...

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Cost of living and child poverty support in Worcester

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Councillors are to be asked to support more cost-of-living support for Worcester residents and the investment of more than £46,000 in steps to tackle child poverty in the city. Worcestershire has been allocated £7.9 million from the Department of Work and Pensions's Household Support Fund to help people deal with the cost-of-living crisis, and Worc...

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Councillors to consider steps to address costs of running Worcester’s leisure centres

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Worcester city councillors are to be asked to support a range of measures to tackle the increased running costs at the city's three leisure centres, to ensure that residents will continue to have access to sport, fitness and exercise facilities. The proposals are in response to the recent rises in energy bills that have left Freedom Leisure, the no...

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City Council supports free kids’ meals at Christmas and funds cost of living schemes

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Worcester City Council is making free meal vouchers available over the Christmas period to nursery and sixth form children who qualify for free school meals.The City Council will use part of the £190,000 Household Support Fund cash it has received from the Government to pay for the vouchers. Separately, vouchers for school-age children are being pr...

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Council to consider extra help for residents on the cost of living crisis

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Worcester City Council is set to consider taking extra steps to help local residents cope with the cost of living crisis. Rising energy prices and food bills are affecting everyone, but it is vulnerable low-income families which are being hit hardest by the situation. In July this year, the Council declared a cost of living crisis and is now workin...

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Extra support for energy bills for some Worcester residents

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Extra support has been announced by Worcester City Council for some residents who may be struggling to pay their energy bills. The Council has already paid out £150 Council Tax rebates to the majority of households in the city, with some others due to receive a voucher in the coming weeks. The new initiative will see the Council providing support f...

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Cost of living: Help for Households

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The Government has announced that retail deals and discounts to help families over the summer holidays have been launched as part of the Help for Households Campaign. These deals have been signed with various businesses, including Asda, Morrisons, Amazon and Vodafone and are designed to reduce costs at the checkout, help provide entertainment ...

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