Together for Cardiff Discretionary Emergency Fund

A new emergency fund has been put in place to support Cardiff residents in crisis.

The initiative is the Council’s latest response to the impact the pandemic is continuing to have on communities across the city.

The fund will be available to individuals and families experiencing severe hardship, when all other options of support have been exhausted. It has been created to help with expenses such as paying for essentials like gas and electric when a household doesn’t have the means, for an essential repair to a cooker or washing machine, for essential furniture or equipment to address digital deprivation.

Applicants to the fund will be supported by our Money Advice team, who will discuss the household’s circumstances and explore ways to maximise their income by accessing grants, discounts and benefits, help to deal with any debts they have, and provide guidance to apply for the fund, if all other options have been exhausted.

Applications will be assessed by an independent panel of Council officers and if successful, any necessary purchases or payments will be made on the applicant’s behalf.

Applicants must be over 16 and live in Cardiff. Other eligibility criteria applies including the requirement to be in receipt of certain benefits, proof of low income from earnings or access to savings below a certain threshold.

Contact the Money Advice Team on 029 2087 1071, email advicehub@cardiff.gov.uk or visit www.cardiffmoneyadvice.co.uk for a range of information and advice on money matters.

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