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ORGANISATIONS which provide food and heating for vulnerable people in Portsmouth will receive extra funding from Portsmouth City Council this winter.

The move builds on the council’s help for people experiencing financial hardship delivered through its Local Welfare Assistance Scheme.

The council will give money to organisations that run food banks in the city. Funding is also being provided to relevant services that work with vulnerable people experiencing problems heating their home. It is being delivered in partnership with Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation, which last year helped 291 vulnerable people in the city.

Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson, leader of Portsmouth City Council, said: ‘We recognise that people have been hit with rising fuel costs and cuts to their incomes, and that this is a real struggle for some households. While we can’t help everybody, we want to try to get this help to the most vulnerable people in the city, through our specialist support services, for people who will really struggle this winter.’