The Government is responding to the effects of the economic downturn by delivering support to individuals, families and businesses through its Real Help Now programme. Local authorities are key partners in delivering that support and directing people to find help. They may deliver schemes directly, influence the delivery of national schemes in their area, or simply be a point of contact for those needing advice.
To help local authorities carry out these roles, info4local has brought together the key information they need from central government on Real Help Now schemes.
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Information on Real Help Now schemes to help people who are at risk of losing their job, to give extra support from day one for people who become unemployed and to give incentives for employers to recruit and train unemployed people.
Information on Real Help Now schemes to provide immediate help for homeowners struggling to pay their mortgage, with a package of measures to help families stay in their homes and avoid repossession.
Information on Real Help Now schemes, including advice and access to finance and tax relief, to support businesses to cope with the effects of the downturn and safeguard jobs.
Information on Real Help Now schemes that provide extra support to put money in pockets and help make ends meet for families, homeowners, pensioners and those that are especially vulnerable to the effects of the downturn.
This page gives general information about Real Help Now.
A helpful toolkit to get local authorities started on implementing some of the Real Help Now schemes locally.
We welcome comments and suggestions about Real Help Now schemes. We would be particularly interested to hear from local authorities about how schemes are working in their areas.