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:

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)

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Benefits, Money & Cost of Living News

  • benefits and money news
    Personal Independence Payment (PIP) reviews  
    This month the government has started automatically extending existing PIP claims awaiting review by up to 12 months. This will happen 35 days before the award end date. The extension provides greater certainty for claimants and …more
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    Disability Cost of Living Payment – Q&A
    To note: Individuals must have received a payment (or later receive a payment) of one of the qualifying benefits for 25 May 2022 to get a Disability Cost of Living Payment. Why are disabled people only receiving £150 when …more
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    BSL Video: Disability Cost of Living Payment Info
    The UK Government is providing £37billion this year to help households combat the rising cost of living. This video explains more about the Disability Cost of Living Payment.  …more
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    New Government Scheme To Help Older People Claim For More Support
    The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has introduced a new system to help people over 66 claim for additional support. It took around 40 days for new claims for Pension Credit made between April 1 and July 3 to be processed …more
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    Disability Horizons Looks At How Energy Companies Are Supporting Customers
    How are energy companies supporting customers? With the rising cost of energy prices affecting millions of people, the online magazine Disability Horizons investigated how some of the main energy companies are proposing to …more
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    Cost of living crisis: what support is available if you are visually impaired?
    This article was prepared by the Macular Society and contains many good tips, especially if you have a visual impairment. Many people living with sight loss already face additional, unavoidable costs. So, when the country is …more
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    Bus Fares Cut in West Yorkshire
    Great news – buses are getting cheaper! From Sunday 4 September, you can travel for less thanks to the introduction of “Mayor’s Fares” across the region, as the Mayor of West Yorkshire, Tracy Brabin, helps ease the cost of …more
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    Disability Cost of Living Payment To Be Paid 20 Sept
    The Government has confirmed that the £150 disability cost of living payment will be paid automatically from 20 September, with the vast majority of those eligible expected to receive their one-off payment by the beginning of …more
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    Disability Rights UK Newsletter
    Citizens Advice survey shows millions will be in energy bills debt New analysis from Citizens Advice shows 1 in 4 (24%) people in the UK won’t be able to afford to pay their energy bills in October, based on current forecasts. …more
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    Citizens Advice Cost of Living Dashboard
    Britain is facing its biggest cost of living challenge in decades. Citizens Advice has seen more people coming to them for help with crisis support, energy problems and not having enough money to make ends meet than ever before. …more
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    Disability & The Cost Of Living
    With the recent increase in the energy price cap and our new Prime Minister being revealed next week, this is an exceptionally worrying time, particularly if you have a disability, something that already raises the cost of …more
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    Ten easy ways to reduce energy use in the home
    Here are ten great tips to help you reduce your gas and electricity consumption at home. With the latest increase in the energy price cap coming this October, how do you decide the best and easiest ways to cut your energy …more
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    Fully funded attic room insulation for eligible applicants
    Keep your house cooler in summer and warmer in winter with fully funded attic room insulation, delivered by Calderdale Council in partnership with Eclipse Energy and Better Homes Yorkshire There are limited spaces available for …more
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    Broadband – Discounts For Benefit Recipients
    A new service, which will go live next week and be run by DWP, will allow internet service providers to verify – with customers’ permission – whether they are in receipt of a relevant benefit and therefore eligible for extra …more
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    Fuel Direct  Freeze
    From 1 April 2022 to 1 April 2023, the Government has introduced a temporary change to Fuel Direct to protect claimants given unprecedented energy prices. During this period, energy suppliers can no longer request new deductions …more
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    Together Housing Roadshow
    Over the summer Together Housing will be visiting some of our neighbourhoods so residents can find out more about their services. At the Together Housing trailer you can speak to their Neighbourhoods, Repairs, and Welfare …more
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    Calderdale Council’s Money and Wellbeing Info
    Dealing with money related matters can be off-putting, but there is lots of support for you on Calderdale Council’s website. Below is a list of the sections of information that are available to help everyone, with lots of …more
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    Advice: How to cope with the increasing cost of energy if you are disabled?
    Here are some tips to help you focus on your response to the Cost of Living crisis. These are from an excellent article on the Inclusion London website. They support over 70 Deaf and Disabled Organisations working across every …more
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    Latest DWP Cost of Living Announcements 
    These are the latest announcements by the Government on the Cost of Living Crisis and its response. Pension Credit Cost of Living Payment eligibility  Pensioners in receipt of Pension Credit will automatically be paid the Cost of …more
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    RNIB Help With The Cost of Living Crisis
    The RNIB offer free practical and emotional support to help people with sight loss deal with increasing financial pressures. People with sight loss are entitled to financial support to help with the extra costs associated with …more