Residents across the city are feeling the impact of the cost-of-living crisis. In response to rising food and energy prices, coupled with the government’s failure to act, the Labour run City Council has stepped in to provide residents with the support they need to ensure that nobody in Cambridge has to choose between heating and eating this winter.
Labour already has a strong record of fighting for food justice and recently announced plans for the council to match fund money raised for the city’s food hubs by Cambridge Sustainable Food, up to £15,000. To contribute to the campaign, click here. Donations raised will be split with 35% going to Cambridge Sustainable Food to buy and redistribute ingredients across the city over the winter period via the city’s central Community Food Centre (currently based out of Buchan Street Neighbourhood Centre) and 5% going to each of the other 13 community organisations involved, including the city’s network of food hubs.
Councillors have also secured additional funding for a Heating and Health project. They will work with partners to provide a network of warm hubs across the city, and October and November will see a series of Cost of Living Pop Ups, a one-stop-shop for residents where they can access advice on bills, money management, energy saving ideas and emergency support. 100 more council homes will have insulation installed this winter, to help cut energy costs and community centres will be extending their opening hours as well as providing warm meals.
And, most of all, we will keep pushing the government to act. Now, before it’s too late.