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Hundreds of thousands of pounds set aside as part of fight against poverty amid cost-of-living crisis

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More than £500,000 has been set aside as part of Renfrewshire Council's fight against poverty amid the brutal cost-of-living crisis.A series of measures have been identified to support vulnerable people in 2024/25 as more and more people are pulled into hardship.

A report to the Fairer Renfrewshire sub-committee – a task force focusing interventions during the crisis – outlined how it plans to spend £516,000.A total of £40,000 has been earmarked to sustain support to the energy management unit, helping people to reduce their energy bills, manage fuel debt and improve energy efficiency in their homes.

The Winter Connections programme – a network of events for people to connect with others in their area – is in the pipeline for a third successive year as £75,000 is designated for the initiative.

Meanwhile, £138,000 has been made available to continue provision of a free universal breakfast service in nine primary schools to relieve financial pressure on low-income families and ensure children start the day ready to learn.

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