Hardship fund set up to help people left struggling financially due to the coronavirus crisis - here's how to apply

Struggling South Tynesiders left in financial difficulty due to the coronavirus outbreak can apply to a new support fund for help.

Tuesday, 31st March 2020, 4:26 pm
Updated Thursday, 2nd April 2020, 12:52 pm

South Tyneside Council has set up a Hardship Fund especially for those who need help with daily living expenses such as food, heating and electricity.

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Councillor Iain Malcolm, Leader of South Tyneside Council, said: “We acknowledge that the impact of coronavirus is putting a huge financial strain on our residents.

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South Tyneside Council has introduced a hardship fund to help anyone left struggling as a result of the coronavirus crisis

“For many people, work and income has changed overnight. Yet individuals and families still have bills to pay and food to put on the table with many left desperately worried about how they will make ends meet.

“We want residents experiencing such hardship during these extremely difficult times to know that they are not alone and that we are committed to doing all we can to help them.

“We hope that this new Hardship Fund will go some way to help ease the immediate financial pressures faced by people who have suddenly fallen into financial crisis, or become even more vulnerable, as a result of the current coronavirus situation.”

The new South Tyneside Hardship Fund, which is being managed through the existing Local Welfare Provision Service, is open to anyone suffering financial hardship due to coronavirus.

The service is available on (0191) 424 7444 and will operate Monday to Thursday, 9am to 5pm, and on Friday, 9am to 4.30pm.

For further information about the Hardship Fund or to make a claim for support, visit South Tyneside Council’s website at www.southtyneside.gov.uk/crisissupport

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