FINANCIAL support will be made available to those struggling with the cost-of-living crisis, a council has said. 

This winter is widely expected to push millions into poverty as the price of fuel, gas, electricity and food continues to rise while the UK faces the worst wage stagnation since the Napoleonic Wars.

Since the financial crisis of 2008, workers in the UK still earn £75 a month less, in real terms, than they did 14 years ago.     

Now North Somerset Council has announced a household support fund to help residents pay for food. 

An additional £1.3million has been secured, totaling the scheme's help at £4million. 

The funding will be made available to more than 12,400 working-age residents and pensioners who claim council tax support; they will automatically receive a £60 food voucher this month. 

Food vouchers of £60 will also be paid in January for care leavers and for each child receiving free school meals. 

The Salvation Army, Fuel Bank and the Handyman Service will receive grants of £60,000 too. 

This support is available through an application made to the Welfare Provision Scheme. The council says the amount of help that can be given will depend on individual circumstances.

To apply, visit the council's website in November and will be awarded on a first come first served basis. 

More than £150,000 is also available for anyone who is financially vulnerable but does not meet the requirements. 

The council's executive member for corporate services, Cllr Ash Cartman, said: "Rocketing energy and food bills have left many facing tough financial choices.

"This extra funding will provide additional support for residents at this challenging time. Everyone is feeling the financial pinch at the moment, we really are all in this together, and we urge everyone to get help and support if they are struggling."

For those who are in need of additional short-term support, people can access the welfare provision scheme on the council's website at

Applications can be made by phone on 01934 888 035 or 0800 138 5665 from 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.