The Council is reaching out to thousands of people and households in Coventry by letter to target payments to them under a government scheme.
The Department of Works and Pensions (DWP) has provided funding to Coventry City Council under the Household Support Fund to provide Coventry residents with additional support to raise the cost of living.
A one-off cash payment of £150 is provided, and groups contacted include foster families, care leavers and those on pension credit.
The approach takes into account the costs of increasing energy seen at the national level. The one-time cash payment through the Household Support Fund is one of the ways the Council and other agencies are trying to ease the cost of living pressures people are facing.
Over the past few months, many foster families in Coventry have spoken of the impact recent rises in the cost of living have had on their ability to look after children in the way they are used to.
Councilor Pat Seaman, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said while foster families are not the only ones feeling the impact of the cost of living, she acknowledged it was important to recognize that this was something that needed to be acted on without delay.
Cllr Seaman said: “We really appreciate the work of foster families and what they do to improve the lives of children and young people, and that’s just part of a wider effort to help people who are having the most difficulty with the rising cost of living to see how they can be taken care of urgently.
“We have identified and are writing to foster caregivers and care leavers with properties and other groups like adopters and special guardians. We try to make the single payment process very simple.
“We want people to contact us if they’re not sure the letter is genuine – because I understand people are also wary of any fraudulent letters.”
Those on Pension Credit will also receive one-off payments of £150 and receive a letter from the Council explaining how to collect the payment from their local post office.
Cllr Richard Brown, Cabinet Member for Finance added: “We need to consider directing people to all available support to help raise household incomes where possible.
“It’s about all the agencies that play a role.”
Anyone who receives the letter from Council, who may fear it is a scam, can confirm its authenticity by calling Coventry City Council on 08085 834333 or by visiting our website: www.coventry.gov.uk/costofliving