Derry City and Strabane District Council in response to the ongoing cost of living crisis has agreed to establish a Hardship Fund which will support a Discretionary Emergency Fuel Support Programme and the provision of additional Advice Services.
There is a limited amount of funding available for the Emergency Fuel Support Programme and it has been designed to provide financial support to households across the Council area who find themselves in an emergency situation with fuel poverty. Approximately 2,480 households will be assisted through the available budget. It is expected that the Discretionary Emergency Fuel Support Programme will go live before the end of October.
The Council is currently in the process of appointing a Fuel Payment Partner and it is hoped that this process will complete in the next few weeks. Further updates will be posted when they are available.