FIFERS struggling financially this winter are to be helped by an extra £1.6m from Fife Council.

The cash will go towards topping up the welfare fund, helping people in fuel poverty, families on a low income and those who are having difficulties paying their rent and council tax.

A total of £500,000 will also be used to make a top-up payment of £50 per child to those families whose children are entitled to free school meals based on benefit entitlement.

Co-Leader of Fife Council, Councillor David Alexander, said more people are finding things tough financially with covid and the increase in living costs.

“There’s no getting away from the fact that Covid-19 has changed all our lives and with the ever-increasing cost of living, it’s leaving many struggling to cope financially," he said.

“Money is an issue for many people across Fife, not just for those on benefits; we’re also seeing an increase in the number of people who are in in-work poverty.

“As a council we recognise that the pandemic and higher cost of living is hitting some people harder than others. We’re doing everything we can to help people with their money worries and let them know that we can help.

"This extra investment will make a difference in Fife which people will see and benefit from.”

Fellow Co-Leader, Councillor David Ross, added: “Many Fifers were struggling with their finances before Covid-19 but the pandemic and the increase in the cost of everyday living is making things worse.

“The most important thing is to know you’re not alone and that help is available. This funding means that we’ve now got extra money available to help even more people across the Kingdom.

"I’d urge anyone who may have applied for help before but were unsuccessful, to please get back in touch with us to see if they can benefit from this funding.

“Please don’t wait until things get out of control, we’re here to help so please get in touch.”

Anyone finding it difficult to keep up with their bills or wanting to see if they are entitled to financial help can visit