5 November 2022

Help with increases in the cost of living

Llangattock Residents my find some of the information below useful.  It has been collated by Powys County Council.

Advice and support is available from Powys County Council and a range of voluntary and community groups across the county. We’ve brought together information and advice which you may find helpful. This includes details of financial help available for households and businesses, advice on how to save money and who to contact if you need further support.

Household energy advice

Citizens Advice Energy Calculator: Find out which appliances in your household use the most and least energy.

Energy Saving Trust: Quick tips and advice on how to save energy, lower your bills and reduce your carbon footprint.

MoneySavingExpert: A useful website containing advice and tips on saving energy and cutting costs.

Nest: The Nest scheme offers a range of free, impartial advice and, if you are eligible, a package of free home energy efficiency improvements such as a new boiler, central heating, insulation, or solar panels. This can lower your energy bills and benefit your health and wellbeing.

Health and wellbeing

C.A.L.L: Offering a confidential listening and support service. Telephone: 0800 132 737

Men’s Sheds Cymru: Men’s Sheds Cymru promotes men’s health and well-being to help men try and live a more enjoyable, healthy, positive and active lifestyle.

Mental Health & Money Advice: Clear, practical advice and support for people experiencing issues with mental health and money.

Mind Cymru: Mind provides advice and support and aims to empower anyone who experiences a mental health problem. Telephone: 0300 123 3393.

PAVO: Find out how PAVO can help you, someone you know or your wider community.

Samaritans: Emotional support for those experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide. Telephone: 116 123

SilverCloud: Online therapy to support your mental health and wellbeing

Money, benefits and debt advice

Advicelink Cymru: Advicelink Cymru offers free and confidential advice on a range of subjects such as welfare benefits, debt, employment, education, housing and discrimination.

Age Cymru debt advice: Debt advice from Age Cymru, a national charity for older people in Wales.

Benefits and awards: There are many different types of benefits and awards which can offer financial help to support with day to day living expenses and one-off costs.

Financial Support Officers: Free financial support for Powys County Council housing tenants on maximising income, cutting expenditure, applying for benefit, managing debt and more. Telephone: 01597 827464 or email: housing@powys.gov.uk

Help for households: See what cost of living support you could be eligible for from the UK Government.

Money Advice Service: Powys County Council offers free and confidential money advice and support either by phone or personal appointment. Telephone: 01874 612153 or email wrteam@powys.gov.uk

MoneyHelper: Provides free and impartial money and pensions guidance for people all across the UK.

National Debtline: Free and independent debt advice over the phone and online. Telephone: 0808 808 4000

Powys Citizens Advice: Offers confidential advice online, over the phone, and in person, for free. Telephone: 0345 6018421

Salvation Army budget and debt advice: Debt advisors and volunteers work with people to develop debt repayment plans, negotiate with creditors and provide money education to change habits and minimise the chance of debt recurring in the future. Telephone: 01923 801169

Shelter Cymru: Shelter Cymru provides free, independent, confidential, specialist debt advice across Wales.

Stepchange Debt Charity: Free, flexible debt advice, helping people deal with debt in a manageable way.Telephone: 0800 138 1111

The Money Charity: Provide education, information, advice and guidance to people of all ages, helping them to manage their money well and increase their financial wellbeing.

Abergavenny Foodbank

Website: https://abergavenny.foodbank.org.uk/

Email: info@abergavenny.foodbank.org.uk

Telephone: 07340 795328

Do I need to be referred or need a foodbank voucher: Yes, you will need to get a voucher (a referral) from a care professional or other agency. Details can be found on the website.

Support with your household utility bills

Broadband and phone bills: If you are concerned about paying your broadband or mobile phone bill, you should contact your supplier, as they may be able to put a payment plan or other support in place to help you stay connected.

Cold Weather Payments: You may get a Cold Weather Payment if you’re getting certain benefits or Support for Mortgage Interest. You’ll get a payment if the average temperature in your area is recorded as, or forecast to be, zero degrees celsius or below over seven consecutive days.

Council Tax reductions: If your household is on a low income, you could receive support towards some or all of your Council Tax bill through the Council Tax Reduction Scheme.

Discretionary Assistance Fund: The Discretionary Assistance Fund offers payments, or in kind support, to people needing urgent assistance and where there is an identified need to safeguard health and wellbeing. Payments will be made available to people who have no other means of meeting the immediate cost of living.  They are not intended to meet the cost of ongoing expenses.

Discretionary Cost of Living Support Scheme: Powys County Council has agreed additional funding to help its most vulnerable people with the cost of living crisis who may not be eligible within other schemes.

Everyday Needs Grant: Members of the Armed Forces community struggling with their fuel bills can apply for new emergency energy top up grants of up to £200 per month depending on their financial circumstances. 

Fuel support scheme: Eligible households can claim a one-off £200 cash payment from Powys County Council. The money is to provide support towards paying fuel bills. This is in addition to the winter fuel payment offered by the UK Government. Some households may be entitled to a one-off £150 cash payment if using off-grid fuel.

Help with water bills: If you are having difficulty paying your water bill, you should contact your supplier, who will be able to offer advice:

Dŵr Cymru/Welsh Water

Hafren Dyfrdwy

Warm Home Discount Scheme: You could get £150 off your electricity bill for winter 2022 to 2023 under the Warm Home Discount Scheme.

Winter Fuel Payment: If you were born on or before 25 September 1956 you could get between £250 and £600 to help you pay your heating bills. This is known as a ‘Winter Fuel Payment’.

UK Government’s Energy Bills Support Scheme: The Energy Bills Support Scheme provides a £400 non-repayable discount to eligible households to help with their energy bills over winter 2022 to 2023.

Support for businesses

Energy Bill Relief Scheme: help for businesses and other non-domestic customers: This scheme will provide energy bill relief for non-domestic customers in Great Britain. Discounts will be applied to energy usage initially between 1 October 2022 and 31 March 2023.

Support for families with children

Free period products: Free period products for girls, women and people who have periods of all ages from across Powys.

Free School Meals: If you are on a low income, we can help you with the cost of school meals for any pupil in full time education.

Help with school uniform costs: For some families claiming free school, additional funding may be available to help with school costs such as uniforms and equipment.

Powys Family Information Service: The Youth and Family Information Service is a one-stop shop where parents, carers, young people and professionals can obtain a range of information for children and young people aged 0-25 years and their families.

Student Finance Wales: Financial grants are available for students studying post-16 courses.

Tax-Free Childcare: You can get up to £500 every 3 months (up to £2,000 a year) for each of your children to help with the costs of childcare.

The Childcare Offer for Wales: The Childcare Offer for Wales provides up to 30 hours of government-funded early education and childcare to eligible working parents of three- and four-year-olds for 48 weeks of the year.

Universal Primary Free School Meals: Free school meals are to be extended to all primary school pupils in Wales by September 2024. This will apply to the youngest children first.

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