Maldon District Council Leader: ‘Put politics aside and support residents’ – cost of living help for families this summer

By Nub News guest writer

10th Jul 2023 | Local News

The recently-elected Leader of Maldon District Council has highlighted a range of measures to help support families this summer. (Photos: Richard Siddall and Ben Shahrabi)
The recently-elected Leader of Maldon District Council has highlighted a range of measures to help support families this summer. (Photos: Richard Siddall and Ben Shahrabi)

Councillor Richard Siddall, Leader of Maldon District Council, has issued a statement about cost-of-living support on offer to families throughout the summer and beyond.

"As the Leader of Maldon District Council, I am acutely aware of the financial pressures our communities are facing due to the Cost-of-Living crisis. The impact on families, people living alone, and older residents is pretty hard. Our local businesses are also struggling with increased costs.

"With this in the forefront of my mind, I want to share the support that the Council and our local partners can offer. We provide Cost of Living support on our website. This covers financial support information, help with paying bills, and where to find local food banks.

"I am also conscious that the school holidays will soon be upon us, and this adds financial pressures to families and young people. We have lots of free activities, outdoor spaces and low-cost fun on offer, information on this can be found on the Visit Maldon District website.

"As such, I would like to take this opportunity to make you aware of UFEST, at Promenade Park on 4 August, from 11am to 4pm. UFEST is a free family festival that showcases the best of local entertainment, clubs, and activities.

UFest, a free community festival, marked the arrival of the Queen's Baton Relay last year. (Photos: Nub News)

"Sadly, we know some families will struggle to provide meals to their children throughout the holidays, help is available with this through the 'Essex ActivAte Your Summer' programme. Across the six weeks' summer holiday, the free programme will provide children with physical activities as well as a nutritious meal, to support their physical and mental wellbeing.

"More information on the programme can be found via the Active Essex website.

"Support doesn't stop there. Maldon District Council, through the 'One Maldon District' partnership, is working with health and education providers, local voluntary sector organisations, and housing associations to deliver support where it is needed most – and in a way that's joined-up.

"Some good examples of its work include the development of the Community Services Guide and leaflet, which has been distributed to over 1,500 residents. The partnership has provided funding support to community hubs across the district and will launch a new community hub shortly at the Maldon District Council offices."

"My aim as Leader of the Council is to put politics aside and to ensure the Council works hard to support the challenges our residents are facing through these really hard times. I want to ensure we spend more time speaking to our town and parish councils to enable us to work better together.

"There will be more on this in my Leader's statement at the next Council meeting on Thursday (July 13) at 7.30pm. You can watch this meeting live on the Maldon District Council YouTube Channel."

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