Maidstone Borough Council is working with local charity Involve in a series of roadshows to help people across the borough who may be struggling to cope with the rising costs of household bills this winter.

The first four Winter Bills Roadshows being held this week are to help residents in the borough with advice about how to manage the cost of food, utilities and fuel.

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MBC’s Council Tax, Benefits, Housing and Homelessness Prevention Teams are joining forces with partner organisations including Involve, Citizen Advice Bureau, South East Water and One You to tell people about funding that is available to them. Giving details on the warm home discount scheme, information around Universal Credit, support with Council Tax payments, support with healthy eating, exercise and wellbeing, to offer household bill payment support as well as general debt and money advice.

The Winter Bills Roadshows are being held:

Tuesday 26 October (1pm-5pm) Allington Community Association, Castle Road, ME16 0PZ

Wednesday 27 October (1pm-5pm) Marden Vestry Hall

Thursday 28 October (1pm-5pm) Loose Parish Pavilion

Friday 29 October (1pm-5pm) Detling Village Hall

MBC Leader, Cllr David Burton said: “We realise that this year more than ever people may be worried about how they are going to cope in the coming winter months and Maidstone Borough Council is here to help our residents and support those who may be struggling to make ends meet.

“These Winter Bill Support Roadshows are a great example of the Council services working together with various organisations which can advise people on a number of issues and tell them about support that is available to them and which they may not be aware of.  I would encourage anyone who needs help not to leave it too late and to come and talk to us.”

All the advice the Council and partner organisations are offering is free, impartial and confidential; it is tailored to help each individual situation.

For more information or support Maidstone residents can email:  roadshows@maidstone.gov.uk

By Ed

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