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Funding local crisis support

For some struggling families a broken boiler or a large bill can be a disaster. When people have nowhere to turn, unexpected events can lead to mounting debt, poverty and even homelessness.

Council-run emergency support provides a local safety net to families who reach crisis point. But this funding is set to run out on 20 June. We must protect families from facing this crisis alone. Now is the time to fight back to make sure this safety net doesn’t vanish.

About this campaign

Even before the pandemic, years of underfunding had left crisis support schemes across the country depleted or at risk of closure.  

Over the last year, thanks to our supporters, we have been able to help secure over £330 million in funding. This has meant families have had somewhere to turn in tough times – keeping the heating on, bills paid, and food on the table. 

facts and figures

1 in 7

councils don't have a crisis support scheme

£250m

is the amount of funding needed to provide emergency support to families across the UK

£332m

is the amount of funding secured for councils through campaigning over the last year

strengthening the safety net

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Funding runs out on 20 June. There are currently no long-term financial plans in place for councils who find themselves under unprecedented pressure in the wake of the pandemic.   

Many families still face the daunting task of covering rising household costs with reduced income. Job losses, home schooling, and illness or bereavement are having a damaging effect on their stability and well-being. More parents than ever are being forced to make tough choices - but nobody should have to choose between feeding their child and paying the bills.  

We are urgently calling on the government to continue funding for those who have nowhere left to turn.  

Time is running out. Join the fightback for struggling families now.

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Sign our petition

Strengthen the safety net for struggling families.

Call on the government to maintain funding for local crisis support before it disappears.