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Date: 11 Nov 2021
Category: Supporting communities
Members of Belfast City Council have agreed to support the Commissioner for Older People in his request for a regional emergency hardship fund to provide financial support for older people this winter.
The Commissioner for Older People is calling on The Northern Ireland Assembly to establish the fund given the anticipated rise in energy prices.
Support was agreed by elected members following a request from Alderman Sonia Copeland, Chair of the Reference Group on Older People.
Chair of The People and Communities Committee, Councillor Fred Cobain said: “Older people across the city have endured some very difficult and testing times as we continue to pave our way through the pandemic and they will continue to do so in the coming winter months as the weather turns increasingly cooler.
“I am delighted that elected members have decided to support The Commissioner for Older People in his quest to take action now in tackling fuel poverty and in turn, support older people in our communities. In considering an emergency hardship fund, people can seek assistance if needed and can rest easy knowing they have access to a warm home.
“It’s so important that older citizens are not forgotten about and this emergency hardship fund would go a long way in helping those who are hardest hit by energy rises, to get through the difficult winter months ahead.