With the end of the universal credit uplift, furlough and self-employed support schemes, the council and its community partners have put together some resources to enable residents to find help.
Many residents will be affected by the changes and have worries about how they will cope, but the Council, community groups and charities have been working together throughout the pandemic to make sure the right help is available. .
Kinds of help available
Over the pandemic the Council and its partners have built up their services to meet the needs of people caused by lockdowns and loss of income. The council can help with a range of different issues, including co-ordinating council services and support, and linking residents to community services such as:
- Food: community groups provide a range of food support. You can find your local services, including community larders that provide food and other community support.
- Advice Centres - help with claiming benefits, money and debt advice, housing and employment.
- Household bills: help with energy saving and energy costs
How to find help
Get in touch with the council to find the right support and community groups for your needs:
Call 01865 249 811 or visit the Essential Support Directory on the City Council's website and fill in the online form.
Many support services are also listed in the directory so that residents to contact them directly if they prefer.
“The end of the universal credit uplift and the end of furlough will cause uncertainty for many people living in Oxford, but there is support available.”
“Together with community partners we’re able to provide help with essentials like food, fuel and utilities, money and debt management.
“Now that government support is ending, residents may have also have concerns about work, housing and benefits. We want people to know where to find help and start planning now if they are worried about coping this winter. Please get in touch if you need support.”
Councillor Susan Brown, Leader of Oxford City Council