Council Executive has approved funding of £780,000 to improve well-being, by preventing and responding to people’s financial insecurity over the winter period.
The investment provides a cash-first response to key groups of low-income households, to ensure they have access to additional money over the winter period.
Projects funded include: £573,000 for a one-off £80 payment for lone parents, disabled pensioners and people with limited capability. As well as £87,000 for an additional energy advisor for two years to prevent residents from being disconnected.
While there is also £40,000 for a money advisor to work with referrals via the West Lothian Food Network.
A further £132,000 will also be used to form of a team to collate all requests made to the Council for additional evidence to support a customer’s application for child disability payment.
Both schemes have been funded by the Scottish Government and will be delivered by the council’s Anti-Poverty Service.
West Lothian Council leader Lawrence Fitzpatrick said: “I’m delighted that the council’s Anti-Poverty service will be able to provide even more help to local residents, thanks to this funding.
He added: “Many low-income local families are already struggling due to the impact of the pandemic and it’s vital we do all we can to support them as much as we can.”