During 2020 thousands of families have struggled to cope with the economic impact of COVID-19, with many more set to face greater levels of financial hardship over the coming winter due to reduced income or redundancy during the Coronavirus pandemic.
In Aylesbury Vale:
- In October 2020, 14,880 Buckinghamshire residents were claiming ‘out-of-work’ related benefits
- There were 9,340 more claimants in Buckinghamshire in October 2020 than at the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020
- Within Buckinghamshire, the Claimant Count rate is highest in the Wycombe parliamentary constituency area (6.3%).
The Clare Foundation Winter Helping Hands Hardship Fund is a discretionary fund distributed in partnership with the HLC to families in need throughout Aylesbury, Chesham and High Wycombe. We are able to offer £50 vouchers to families in need to pay towards Gas and electric payments or supporting parents to purchase children’s school uniforms, shoes or winter coats, Fuel from petrol stations or Children’s basic needs (i.e. nappies and basic child care items on a specific need basis). Referrals from families may be eligible for more than one voucher particularly for more than one child.
Eligible families will fall under at least one of the following:
- Universal credit
- Disability allowance
- Pensions credit
- Referral from relevant professional e.g. assessment form completed by EYP, social services or GP/health worker