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: costoflivingsupport.campaign.gov.uk/
  • 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)

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Benefits, Money & Cost of Living News

  • health & nhs news
    Cold Weather Payments – When Do They Kick-In?
    Households receiving certain benefits could be eligible for extra money to help keep warm during the cold weather between now and the end of March 2023. DWP’s Cold Weather Payments are an automatic bank top-up of £25. The …more
  • benefits and money news
    Changes to state pension top-ups
    A rule that allows people to fill historic gaps in their National Insurance contributions record to boost their state pension is set to change from 6 April 2023.  You need at least 10 qualifying years of contributions (NICs) in …more
  • benefits and money news
    Advice: Getting disability equipment
    If you’re struggling with certain tasks or activities due to a sensory or physical impairment, there could be equipment to help you manage and stay independent. There’s a lot available, so it’s a good idea to get advice about …more
  • benefits and money news
    Renewing Your Blue Badge or Concessionary Bus Pass In Calderdale
    To make an appointment to complete a Blue Badge or Concessionary Bus Pass application, please phone: 01422 288011. Alternatively, you can apply online via the Council Website For anything else you can visit in person at Customer …more
  • benefits and money news
    Visiting Calderdale Council’s Customer First Service In Person
    If you need help with any council service or have a complaint, then you can now call into the Customer First Service points as follows: Halifax To make an appointment to complete a Blue Badge or Concessionary Bus Pass …more
  • benefits and money news
    Warm Spaces Directories – Calderdale & Beyond
    Calderdale council have created a map of all the “Warm Spaces” in the area. These are venues of various kinds, including libraries, where people can go to find a warm and welcoming place to go to relax, work or just …more
  • benefits and money news
    Winter Fuel Payment Videos – Including BSL Version
    The Government has created a further short videos answering key questions about Winter Fuel Payments. The videos are now also available in British Sign Language. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t395_OLsh5I …more
  • benefits and money news
    New Cost of Living Payments from Spring 2023 
    Millions of the lowest-income households across the UK will get up to £1,350 from the Government in 2023/4 to help with the cost of living. Exact payment windows will be announced closer to the time but are spread across a longer …more
  • benefits and money news
    Cost of Living Support Directory
    This is a really useful list of the main sources of support as we continue to endure a significant cost-of-living crisis: Cost of living payments During 2022, certain people living in England, Wales and Scotland were entitled to …more
  • benefits and money news
    Advice: Power Cuts Unlikely This Winter
    Northern Powergrid, who look after electricity supplies in our area, have emailed their customers reassuring them about power supplies during the winter. They have also offered advice for people who are vulnerable or who rely on …more
  • benefits and money news
    Look After My Bills Newsletter
    The latest “Look After My Bills” newsletter is out – here’s the introduction. There’s a link at the foot to the full newsletter. Brrrr… it’s freezing this week, and with energy bills so …more
  • Halifax Church Added To Warm Spaces List
    Halifax Elim Church are the latest Calderdale venue to be opening a Warm Space at their church building Every Tuesday (except 27th Dec) 1pm – 3.30pm. Hot Drinks, Toast, Phone chargers, Friends, Table Tennis, Study Desks …more
  • benefits and money news
    Worrying About Money Leaflet
    Access the Calderdale ‘Worrying about money?’ Leaflet The Calderdale ‘Worrying about money?’ leaflet is a straightforward resource for people facing financial crisis and support workers to quickly see available cash …more
  • benefits and money news
    Energy Companies Fail Disabled people
    A report by energy watchdog Ofgem has uncovered failings within 17 Energy suppliers in their attitude and assistance to Disabled customers, Disability Rights UK reports. The regulator said the worst examples included, suppliers …more
  • benefits and money news
    Energy Saving Trust Money Saving Tips
    The Energy Saving Trust’s quick and easy tips could help you save up to £564 a year on your energy bills. The information on a typical energy bill can be confusing. However, being able to read and understand your bill can …more
  • benefits and money news
    Cost of Living: Lists of Support Funds
    Here are two documents to download. They are lists of organisations that may be able to offer help and support to those struggling with the cost of living. Some are open to individuals and families; some are only available …more
  • benefits and money news
    RNIB Newsletter
    Read the latest RNIB newsletter online now – read newsletter Here are a couple of their main stories: Resources for cost of living support If you’re feeling under pressure from the current cost of living crisis, we can …more
  • benefits and money news
    Join Calderdale Direct Payments User Group
    Do you or someone you care for receive a Direct Payment from Calderdale Council? Or are you interested in finding out more about Direct Payments? Calderdale Direct Payments User Group meets on-line on the 3rd Wednesday of every …more
  • benefits and money news
    Recent Scams – What To Avoid
    Scams are a part of everyday life and so it’s important to keep yourself up to date with the latest trends – here’s some recent advice from the Co-operative Bank: Remain vigilant to energy crisis scams Scammers …more
  • benefits and money news
    Autumn Statement – Support For Vulnerable People
    The latest edition of the Government’s Department for Work & Pension’s newsletter, Touchbase, included details of the support it offered vulnerable people – below is the section of the newsletter covering …more