Experts have warned that unscrupulous lenders could try to cash in on the festive period as households struggle to cope with rising costs.
Residents in St Helens are to get important extra support during the current Cost of Living situation with the launch of special 'Warm Spaces' across the borough.
St Helens Library Service has secured a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of almost £250,000 to deliver an ambitious new programme of work which will uncover the borough's rich heritage in the arts, culture and creativity industries.
In a bid to encourage residents to support the local economy over the Christmas period, free Saturday parking will be introduced on all Council-run car parks in St Helens Town Centre next week.
Creating jobs and apprenticeships for residents, opportunities for local businesses to provide goods and supporting community projects and schools is the aim of a new Social Value Policy.
Live Christmas lights switch-on events will be staged in St Helens and Earlestown town centres later this month (November) as the borough marks the countdown to the festive period.
The final two projects that make up the St Helens Town Deal Board Town Investment Plan will be submitted to Government later this month after receiving Cabinet approval.
Improvement schemes which will see millions of pounds invested in the local highway network to encourage active travel and boost the local economy have been welcomed by senior politicians.
St Helens Borough Council's Green Flag award-winning Victoria Park is set to host a day of festive fun this December for all the family to enjoy, featuring Father Christmas, real reindeer and the hugely popular Santa Dash.