Coronavirus – Financial Advice

There is a wealth of financial advice now available to help you cope with the impacts of the Coronavirus outbreak. Both the Government and Calderdale Council offer lots of really useful online advice, whilst Citizens Advice and Disability Support Calderdale can help you over the phone with your benefits etc.

Below are a number of links to these key service providers and below that a list of our most recent finance-related news.

Citizens’ Advice

Provide advice and support on a wide range of financial issues. They advise on Universal Credit (UC) and related benefits like Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and Personal Independence Payment (PIP). They look at a person’s overall situation and decide which benefits would be the best for that person/family, bringing in housing, specialists, debt management advisors and have an ‘Energy Champion’ who looks at people’s energy bills. They also have a Debt team and an Appeals team supporting the above services.

CAB helps people to fill out forms and applications for support. They help all ages, including families with children, and adults. They have people who are multilingual, including Urdu and other languages.

All CAB’s services are currently online or over the phone. They have seen an increase in requests for support regarding Universal Credit, and General Advice around Furlough and Employment Rights. All CAB advisors are fully informed on these subjects.

They also have dedicated teams looking into Debt and Welfare Rights issues (More on Debt & Welfare Rights work)

At Present, CAB phone lines are very busy. They are urging people to be patient, and if they can’t wait on the phone, they should email by going onto the website and pressing the ‘Contact Us’ button. CAB staff will respond to ALL emails within 24-48 hours.

Please call Telephone Advice Line: 0300 330 9048

Monday : 9:30am – 3:00pm
Tuesday : 9:30am – 3:00pm & 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Wednesday : 9:30am – 3:00pm
Thursday : 9:30am – 3:00pm
Friday : 9:30am – 1:00pm
Alternatively, for email advice please visit their website: www.calderdalecab.org.uk

Citizens’ AdviceHelp with energy bills and energy suppliers

Citizens’ Advice – Help With Benefit Appeals

Citizens’ Advice – If you can’t pay your bills because of coronavirus


Other Sources of Financial Advice

Financial Advice for Disabled PeopleDisability Support Calderdale’s services

Energy: How to Top-Up Gas & Electric Safely / More energy advice


Government:

Guidance for people who are employed and cannot work due to coronavirus
what to do if you’re employed and cannot work
self-employed – what to do if you’re getting less or no work
Already getting benefits – how they’re affected
Find out what you can do if you’re struggling because of coronavirus


Calderdale Council:

Council Tax: Council Tax bills have now been sent, showing how much is owed for the year and the date this payment needs to be made. We will not be deferring any Council Tax payments for the 2020/21 financial year at this stage. If you’re struggling with payments there are a number of discounts or reductions you may be eligible for.

Business support: Recent government announcements have confirmed a package of measures to provide support for businesses registered for business rates to minimise the impact of COVID 19. Please complete their online forms at: Business request for support. For information on all the support being offered for businesses, visit the Council’s virtual business hub.

Latest Finance/Money News Items

  • New Guide To Benefits Post Coronavirus Outbreak
    The benefit system has undergone swift change due to the Coronavirus (covid-19) outbreak. Most of these changes are detailed in the recently published Disability Rights Handbook 2020/2021. But in a special free supplement, the …
  • Up to £15 million for Citizens’ Advice
    Link: Citizens’ Advice and other financial/benefits advice sources Citizens Advice and Citizens Advice Scotland to receive funding boost of up to £15 million to help them deal with increased demand during the COVID-19 …
  • Cash Delivery Payments For Vulnerable Via Post Office
    If you want to get more help and info with finance and benefits, please visit our finance and benefits page Cash delivery payments are now available “for the most vulnerable individuals”  due to a Post Office and Department of …
  • Incapacity and disability benefit claimants feel particularly hard hit!
    Incapacity and disability benefit claimants feel particularly hard hit during coronavirus outbreak, MPs find This article is from the disability website https://www.disabilityrightsuk.org and highlights a clear issue. If you want …
  • Scope Starting Line – Emplyment Support
    Scope Starting Line services offer adults with disabilities or health conditions in the Calderdale area employment support and help to build pre-employment skills. They are currently still operating, delivering their services via …
  • Citizens’ Advice: Energy Bill Guidance & Support
    Are you worried about your energy bills? It’s estimated that average households will use 15% more energy during this lock-down period, and more energy usage means high bills. Citizens Advice Calderdale has an Energy Advisor ready …
  • Benefits – Covid-19 Q&A on personal budgets & personal health budgets
    The Government have published a Coronavirus Questions & Answers article for people receiving a personal budget or personal health budget. We’ve reproduced this extensive document below. You can also see it on the …
  • Ask-a-friend cash access scheme extended
    Anyone who cannot leave home may be able to ask a trusted friend or volunteer to withdraw cash at any Post Office using a single-use voucher. The Post Office scheme is being extended and offered to all banks, building societies …
  • Citizen’s Advice – Debt and Welfare Rights Support
    More information on Citizen’s Advice and other Financial Advice/Support We’ve had some extra information from Citizens’ Advice’s manager of the specialist debt and specialist welfare rights teams. Debt We …
  • Support: Citizen’s Advice
    Citizens’ Advice: Can provide advice and support on a wide range of financial issues. They advise on Universal Credit (UC) and related benefits like Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and Personal Independence Payment (PIP). They …