Benefits & Money – Cost of Living News & Advice

Cost of Living Support

Calderdale Council 

UK Government

  • Recognising that people are worried about the cost of living, the government is offering help for households. See what cost of living support you could be eligible for on their dedicated website:
  • The Help for Households campaign gives clear information about the exceptional payments, energy support and existing support schemes available, so the public know what is available and where they can find help. There is a website to support the campaign and the homepage brings together over 40 support schemes that the public may be able to access depending on eligibility. Additionally, a range of online tools will help citizens quickly and efficiently check the support they might be eligible for and how to access it.

Advice and support from Citizen’s Advice

  • Dealing with Debt and money issues
  • Help with Budgeting Tools from Citizen’s Advice to help you work out a budget.
  • Your employment rights at work Support if you have concerns about your employment contract, working conditions or right to time off work.
  • Citizens Advice share insights from across their service on how the crisis is affecting the people they help. They’ll be updating this dashboard every month tracking how the cost-of-living crisis is changing. View Dashboard (click on arrows to navigate to later pages)

Warm Spaces

A company called Open Innovations, from Leeds, have put together a warm space directory that brings together information from many sources into one easy-to-use place.
Alphabetical: Here is a view that loads an alphabetical list of offers in Calderdale:
Map-Based: And here is a map view of offers from all over the country but centred on Calderdale:

More Useful Links

Benefits, Money & Cost of Living News

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    Support for people who need help to buy food.
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    Work Capability Assessments – update
    This is from the Government’s Touchbase newsletter, which cover Department for Work and Pensions’ updates. Although we continue to prioritise new claims for a Work Capability Assessment, we plan to conduct more …more
  • A Guide To Disabled Students’ Allowance
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    Government Launches New Scheme To Remove Barriers to Work For Disabled People
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    New home adaptation funding released
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    Happy Days Launch Social Supermarket
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    Spotting & Reporting Rogue Traders
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    Financial Insights: New Energy Price Cap
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    Citizens Advice Available in Local Building Society Branches
    A partnership between Citizens Advice and Yorkshire Building Society is making advice available to more people in our area. The partnership sees Citizens Advice advisers hold free, impartial and confidential appointments in …more
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    2023-24 Winter Energy Bills Support & Advice
    This article is part of Calderdale’s Winter 2023-24 Cost of Living Factsheet, a really useful guide published by Calderdale Council. Energy bills for gas and electricity will drop slightly this winter but will remain high. …more
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    Local Support with Money and Council Tax
    Do you or anyone you know struggle to pay for food and fuel or need support with budgeting? Are you finding it difficult to pay your Council Tax or unsure what benefits you can claim? Calderdale Council’s Early Advice and …more
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    Citizens Advice Calderdale Survey
    Citizens Advice Calderdale are working with partners to find out from residents how they’ve been affected by the increased cost of living.  This survey should take no more than 4 minutes to complete and will help them build …more
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    Free & Cut-Price Meals for Kids
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    Halifax-Based Free School Uniform Service
    The YMCA in Halifax run a free school uniform service accepting donations of uniforms from all Calderdale schools. To collect or donate uniforms, visit the shop on Crossley Street in Halifax. No appointment or referral is needed. …more
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    Worrying about money? Help from Calderdale Council
    Dealing with money related matters can be off-putting, but there is lots of support for you and Calderdale Council have put together a lot of information on their website to help you. The sections below are to help everyone, with …more
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    Affordable Broadband Services
    If you or someone in your household claims Universal Credit, you could pay as little as £12 per month for your broadband. All major providers also include people on Pension Credit, Employment and Support Allowance, Jobseeker’s …more
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    Disability Cost of Living Payment – update
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    Video: Energy Tariff & Energy Saving Advice From Calderdale Citizens Advice
    At our 27 June 2023 open Meeting, Susan Thorpe from Calderdale Citizens Advice gave us an update on energy tariffs and energy saving in the home. If you need support from Citizens Advice, you can call them on 0808 278 7879, visit …more
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    Appliance Running Costs Calculator
    Ever wondered whether it’s cheaper to run a gas or electric oven? Or how about an electric blanket for 3 hours versus turning the heating on for 30 minutes? Well now you can find out. To see how much something costs to run, use …more
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