A new fund has been launched to tackle Gloucestershire’s worsening cost of living crisis.
The Gloucestershire Community Foundation (GCF) said that for many people in the county this year the choice will no longer be between heating and eating, as neither will be affordable.
This is why GCF wants to raise £100,000 to tackle the crisis and provide essential and urgent support to those who need it most.
The GCF funds grassroots charities and community organizations to deliver aid exactly where it is needed. It conducts research each year into the specific needs of Gloucestershire, ensuring it has the expertise to achieve maximum impact through its funding and programmes.
Often perceived as a wealthy county, Gloucestershire is also home to some of the poorest communities in the country.
GCF said almost no one is immune to the risk of financial hardship this winter, including families, seniors and working couples.
As fuel prices soar for the second time this year, experts predict even households with an income of £40,000 are likely to need financial support. The energy price cap rose from £1,138 in February 2021 to £3,549 in October 2022, a 212% year-on-year increase.
Even before the huge price hike, 15% of people in the UK faced food insecurity. This year, four out of 10 people on universal credit – about 2.5 million people – will not be able to afford food. Almost half of them are working, including households with two working adults.
In Gloucestershire, food banks have seen a 55% increase in referrals over the past two months, but donations to food banks have fallen to 4% from 30% in 2019.
Talitha Nelson, CEO of the Gloucestershire Community Foundationsaid: “Charities in Gloucestershire come to us asking for funding to help people who are in urgent need of it, and it is absolutely essential that we have the funds to help them, to ensure that people’s basic needs in heating and food are satisfied during this crisis.”
Through the new Cost of Living Crisis Fund, the charity’s hope and ambition is to provide vital funding to those who need it most, as quickly as possible.
There will likely be one-time government payments to households, and the charity asks you, if you don’t need it, to pass it on and #DonateTheRebate.
If you would like to contribute to this vital fund, visit Surviving a crisis winter – Gloucestershire CF.