Greater Sudbury’s 2018 budget will be increased by $350,000 to absorb the cost of helping people living on social assistance.

The city’s discretionary benefits fund helps those living on Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support programs. People can apply for money to help pay for things like hearing aid batteries, moving costs or new appliances.

“It’s just a little funding that we can provide to assist them with the cost, but not the total cost,” says councillor René Lapierre.

“Their budgets are so tight right now… if they apply for the grant, we can provide them with some assistance, and it’ll help them grow and increase their living standards.”