Milton Keynes City Council is set to provide almost £300,000 to Citizens Advice Milton Keynes (CAMK), so they can continue supporting residents through the cost-of-living crisis.
The funding will enable CAMK to expand their work to support struggling families with advice on energy bills, rent and other everyday living costs. Between April 2022 and March 2023 CAMK helped 7,428 people, most of who had multiple issues, leading to nearly 21,000 separate problems being resolved.
The majority of the issues raised by residents include energy costs, risk of homelessness, debt and crisis support.
Last year, MK City Council declared a ‘cost-of-living’ emergency’ and set up its £3.3m Winter Plan with funding for local initiatives that provide food and domestic essentials along with projects that can offset or reduce energy bills. Further details about the support available can be found on www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/cost-living-support.
A decision to approve the funding will be taken at a City Council meeting on 30 May.
“The work being done in the charity sector in MK, particularly by CAMK is phenomenal. People are really struggling with the cost-of-living and it’s only when we come together with different organisations that we’re really able to offer genuine help. This is just one of the many ways the City Council is helping people through these difficult times and we know this funding will go a long way in supporting CAMK to continue their excellent work.” - Cabinet Member for Adults, Housing and Healthy Communities, Cllr Emily Darlington