Young adults helped with extra cash

People, Health and Care
12:14, Wednesday, 30th March 2022

A group of young adults from across North Lincolnshire are set for a cash boost to help with fuel bills, finding work and learning to drive.

North Lincolnshire Council will fund the care leavers with the extra money to be used to help pay for gas and electricity, internet connectivity and where needed, driving lessons.

Cllr Rob Waltham, leader, North Lincolnshire Council, said: “These essentials are taken for granted by many people.

“Getting a driving licence opens a whole new world of opportunity. Most people have the help and support of family members to pay for lessons but that is a luxury to some.

“Ensuring we enable young people to have the same opportunities as everyone else is one of the most important things we can do.”

Cllr Julie Reed, cabinet member for children and families, said: “We all need help from our families at different points in our lives and for those young adults who have left the support of foster care its especially difficult for them and they don’t always have someone to talk to or to help with their finances.

“In line with our ethos of supporting our care leavers to go on to lead the most successful lives funding for wi-fi, learning to drive and help with living expenses can make a real difference and I am delighted that we have reviewed and extended our offer.”