Derbyshire Dales District Council is keen to promote the advice and information available from a range of agencies able to assist residents affected by a rise in the cost of living.
Cost of living supportThe government last week announced (21 July) that retail deals and discounts to help families over the summer holidays have been launched as part of the Help for Households Campaign. These deals have been signed with various businesses, including Asda, Morrisons, Amazon and Vodafone and are designed to reduce costs at the checkout, help provide entertainment and ensure access to necessary services for families during the summer holidays and beyond.
Welfare and Benefits Advice
The welfare rights team can help you to find out about the benefits you may be entitled to and how to claim. You can email the team at email@example.com or telephone 01629 531535.
For more information visit Welfare benefits - Derbyshire County Council
Derbyshire Discretionary Fund
The Derbyshire Discretionary Fund can provide grants or emergency cash payments if you are in urgent need of financial help following a crisis or disaster and support you to continue to live independently or cope with exceptional pressure when you have no other source of funding.
The fund may support you to resolve your immediate difficulties and also put you in touch with other support and services so it's less likely to happen again. You can apply for the grant by telephone on 01620 533399
For more information visit Derbyshire Discretionary Fund - Derbyshire County Council
If you are struggling to pay your council tax, please contact us on 01629 818222 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can provide help and advice.
If your household has a low income and you haven’t claimed Council Tax Support, this could reduce the amount of your council tax bill. If you think that you might be eligible, you can call the Benefits Section on 01629 818222 (option 2) to discuss it, or you could visit this page on the Council’s website to print off a form, or use the online benefit calculator and electronic form to make a claim.
£150 Energy Rebate:
We are working hard to make the £150 energy rebate payments as soon as possible. You can see the latest information here.
Household support fund
The household support fund (HSF) is available to help Derbyshire residents facing financial hardship over the coming months by providing grants and other financial support.
Households can access a maximum of two payments in the period between April and 30 September 2022.
Payments are worth £64 per household plus an extra £20 will be provided for each partner or spouse and each dependent child aged under 19.
If you are worried about not being able to pay your rent this can be a big concern. Citizens Advice have information about rent arrears here - Dealing with rent arrears - Citizens Advice
There is also advice around preventing homelessness - Preventing homelessness – Derbyshire County Council
If you pay rent you could be entitled to assistance in the form of the national Housing Benefit scheme administered on behalf of the Department for Work & Pensions by your Council. Universal Credit has largely removed entitlement for working age households but persons living in specialist supported or temporary accommodation or pensioners drawing a pension can still make an application. There are rules relating to eligibility; please contact the Benefits Section on 01629 818222 (option 2) for further advice. The same team has a number of discretionary ‘top ups’ that can be paid in tandem with the main benefit.
Derbyshire Law Centre are available to provide free, confidential legal advice over issues around housing, debt, immigration, employment, and discrimination. For more information on their service please visit their website – Derbyshire Law Centre, or telephone 01246 550674.
Citizens Advice can offer free, confidential, impartial, and independent advice and information on a wide range of subjects including debt, income maximisation, energy, employment, and housing problems. Visit Derbyshire Citizens Advice.
The Feeding Derbyshire Partnership aims to improve accessibility to good quality affordable food and reduce the negative impact of hunger by ensuring projects are inclusive to all and reach those who are in need.
For more information visit Feeding Derbyshire - Rural Action Derbyshire
You can find a list of food banks across Derbyshire here Foodbanks in Derbyshire.
To check if your child qualifies for free school meals please visit Free school meals – Derbyshire County Council
Warmer Derby and Derbyshire
If you are looking for impartial advice and practical tips on how to stay warm at home and cut your energy usage, you can call the 'Warmer Derby and Derbyshire' service free of charge. Residents can call for advice about their energy bills, how to make their homes more energy-efficient and how to apply for grants for heating systems and insulation. Just call 0800 677 1322 – there are no charges for this call.
For many people the pandemic has had an impact on their mental hearth. Feeling anxious, worried or overwhelmed is normal. The good news is that there are lots of things you can do to look after your mental health and wellbeing. The link below has lots of information and sources of support that you can access
Live Life Better Derbyshire
Live Life Better Derbyshire is Derbyshire County Council's healthy lifestyles service that aims to help people make structured, long term changes to improve their health. This includes free support to stop smoking, lose weight and get more active.
For more information please visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk/moneyandadvice