A £3m boost for those hardest hit by rising bills and grocery prices was agreed by Brent’s Cabinet on Monday 20 June.
The expansion of the council’s Resident Support Fund will help more people who are struggling financially with emergency grants to cover the cost of bills and household expenses.
The fund is designed to keep people out of debt or rent arrears, as well as to give those already in debt a breather rather than taking out further loans. Free, impartial advice on reducing debts is available for those who need it.
Cllr Eleanor Southwood, Cabinet Member for Jobs, Economy and Citizen Experience, said:
"We need both long and short term thinking to support our residents during this cost of living crisis and beyond. We will continue to build council homes and use our influence to increase the amount of genuinely affordable housing in the borough.
We're working with health partners to tackle inequalities and with local employers to create more jobs that pay a living wage or higher."
“But we know that many residents are in crisis right now. Thousands of families have contacted us through our local hubs who are at breaking point: managing high living costs, increases to the cost of food and fuel and relying on jobs that are often poorly paid or insecure.