Copeland families hit hard by the pandemic are to get further financial support from the Government.
The local authority is set to receive an extra £1,408,393 from the Covid Local Support Grant to help families get back on their feet as the economy recovers and the vaccine rollout continues.
The total allocation for Cumbria since December 1st last year is £3,777,135 with funding distributed to a number of local organisations including Keswick Lions Club, Calderwood House and Millom Food Pantry.
Welcoming the news, Copeland MP Trudy Harrison, said: “Throughout the pandemic, the Government has provided an unprecedented package of support for individuals, families, communities and businesses who need financial help at this critical time, help which I know has been welcomed by many of my constituents here in Copeland.”
The Covid Local Support Grant (previously known as the Covid Winter Grant Scheme) has enabled Cumbria County Council to support families who are struggling with the cost of food and utility bills as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.
The grant has run from 1st December, with a total investment of over £269m across local authorities in England so far. Between 1st December and 16th April, councils had made almost 6.3m awards under the scheme. It will now be extended for a final time, with a further investment of £160m, to cover the period up to 30th September.
This temporary support is being extended beyond the planned ending of restrictions, to provide further support for families.