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In response to the energy price increases due in April, NewstrAid will be paying a discretionary grant to their most vulnerable beneficiaries to help them cover the cost of rising household bills.
Sinead Flood, Welfare Manager for NewstrAid said: “We have heard from many of our beneficiaries who are extremely worried about the increase in energy bills and cannot see how they will be able to cover the costs with their current income. With that in mind we have decided to offer a little bit of financial help to the most vulnerable households we assist as well as offering them help and advice on other sources of support available to them”.
This is not the first time that the charity has increased the financial support they provide in recent months. In November 2021 they increased their Winter Comfort Grant in response to the cuts in Universal Credit and ongoing cost of living increases.
Sinead Flood added; “The last few months have proved really difficult for a lot of people and we are committed to providing as much help as we can to those from the industry who are facing hardship. No one should have to choose between heating their home and putting food on the table. Anyone with a newstrade connection who is struggling to cope with the energy bill increases or the general cost of living should contact our welfare team on Freephone 0800 917 8616. We can offer advice to anybody from the industry and signpost to other sources of help where appropriate.”
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About NewstrAid www.newstraid.org.uk
NewstrAid is a charity which aims to provide welfare for people who are, or have been, employed in the selling and distribution of newspapers and magazines in the UK and who find themselves in hardship. This includes their immediate family and dependants who are in need or in distress. The charity has been in existence for over 180 years and counts Charles Dickens amongst its presidents.