Financial support and debt advice
The rapidly rising cost of living is a huge squeeze on household wallets.
Taking action now, like making sure you're getting everything you're entitled to, budgeting, and cutting back on non-essential items can help you to manage better when prices jump.
There are quick and easy tools to check your income online, or reputable organisations that can help you to do this free of charge.
Benefits, Council Tax and other support and advice
Make sure you have claimed all the benefits you are entitled to. For working age families, this could be Universal Credit, Employment Support Allowance (ESA) or Statutory Sick Pay.
- Benefits - Check if you can get Housing Benefit to help with your rent, Council Tax Reduction, Universal Credit or other benefits.
- How to claim Universal Credit - Universal Credit can help with your living costs if you're on a low income or out of work.
- Better Off Kirklees - Find out about the benefits you are entitled to and get help to apply for them online. There is also information about how to find and apply for jobs.
- Entitledto is a free online benefits calculator to get an estimate of what benefits you could be entitled to.
- Cost of living payment - You may be able to get a payment from the government to help with the cost of living if you're getting certain benefits or tax credits. If you're eligible, you'll be paid automatically.
- Check benefits and financial support you can get
- Discounts, exemptions and reductions tells you about Single person discount, Student discount and other help available.
Contact Council Tax if you are struggling to pay your bill, we can discuss payment options and make sure you are getting all the support you are entitled to.
Other Council Tax support
Contact Council Tax if you are struggling to pay your bill, so we can make sure you are getting all the support you are entitled to.
- Mental health support - if you need urgent help support is available.
- GOV UK: Cost of living support - find out what support is available to help with the cost of living.
- Age UK offer a variety of services for people in later life. This includes support with benefit checks and household bills, keeping well and housing options.
- BBC Cost of living includes a personalised guide to saving money.
- Kirklees Citizens Advice and Law Centre can help to review your budget, check income, look at the best debt strategy and support you to deal with creditors.
- Money Helper gives free guidance on benefits, everyday money, money troubles, pensions and savings.
- Options for paying off your debts offers advice about making arrangements to pay your debts.
- PayPlan provides solutions for people who have multiple debts.
- Step Change Debt Charity offers help to manage your money better, debt advice and help with creditors.
- Turn2Us has a free benefits calculator. Find out what benefits, grants or other schemes may be available.
- Yorkshire Water - Help paying your bill advises on short term and longer-term schemes you can apply for if you are struggling to pay.
- Sense Cost of Living Support Fund provides financial support for people with complex disabilities who live in the family home and are on a low income.
- Alcohol, drugs and gambling support
- Money advice gives free and impartial advice to tenants. A wide range of support is available on budgeting and money management, energy debt, job loss, insolvency, rent matters and more.
- For tenants supported by Pinnacle:
- Email email@example.com
- Phone 0330 036 1517
- Auntie Pam's offers welcoming support for women and families. They give help and advice on housing, benefits, health and pregnancy, and have a clothes swap-shop.
- Free learning and childcare for 2 year olds - If you receive certain benefits, or depending on your child's circumstances, you can claim free early learning and childcare.
- Free learning and childcare for 3 and 4 year olds - Working parents of 3 or 4 year olds may be able to get an extra 15 hours of free childcare during school term time, if they meet certain criteria.
- Tax-free childcare - Check if you can get tax-free childcare.
- Kirklees Together - Cabinet approves huge expansion of award-winning affordable food service - Cabinet gave the green light for all families entitled to free school meals to receive a one-off cost of living payment of £50 per child - Families could expect to receive this money before Christmas 2022.
- Free school meals - If you receive certain benefits your child could get free school meals and holiday vouchers.
- School transport - You could get help with school transport if you're on a low income or if the school is a distance away.
- Uniform Exchange offers free, pre-loved school uniforms for children attending a school in Kirklees.
These are some of the most common electrical equipment types used in the UK. Information is from Medicaid, supplier of this equipment via health services in Kirklees.
This information could help if you need to discuss your energy usage and costs with your next of kin, energy supplier, local charity or social services.
- Cost per month: £1.52
- Cost per year: £18.25
These run on minimal power requirements and only for short periods of time. Based on 3 minutes per hi/lo cycle and 1 minute per profile. Figures are based on 5 cycles per day.
- Cost per month: £0.74 - £1.88
- Cost per year: £8.95 - £22.63
Figures are based on alternating mattresses and actual use of pump for 30 minutes per hour. Wattage can range from 6-15 dependent on type of mattress.
Riser recliner chair
- Cost per month: £0.45
- Cost per year: £5.47
If a bed or chair is plugged in but not used, it will cost approx. 0.5p per day. If the motors are used for 15 minutes during the day, this will cost an additional 1.0p per day.
- Cost per month: £2.00
- Cost per year: £24.00
A hoist takes 4 hours to fully charge. It is recommended to keep the battery on charge when not in use. Figures are based on a full 4 hour charge per day. This isn't necessary all the time but is used for indicative purposes.
- Cost per month: £0.09
- Cost per year: £1.04
A full charge on the battery handset costs less than 1p. We recommend the handset is fully charged once per week. Cost is based on charging twice per week.
- Cost: Dependant on number of weekly sessions
Figures are based on power consumption of less than or equal to 71W, and usage time of 30 minutes. Depending on the nebulizer this could deliver 3 therapy sessions. Energy consumption is 0.0355 kWh. When using the cost rate of 34p/kWh, this equals 1.207p. The device is mains only operational.
Automatic lateral patient-turning system
- Cost per month: £1.76 - £2.48
- Cost per year: £21.12 - £29.76
Figures are based on the Toto automated lateral patient-turning system, costing between 5.8-8.2p per 24 hours of operational use. While on standby the system will cost between 1.5p-3.4p per 24 hours.
Powered stand assist hoist
- Cost: £1.52p per full 4 hour charge
All figures are approximate. They vary depending on brand, how often you use the equipment and other factors like body weight. All of these potential costs are based on a KWh rate of 34p from the energy price cap of October 2022. They are subject to change based on the fluctuating costs of energy in the current climate. Energy usage data is supplied by: Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare, Herida Healthcare, Accora, Joerns, H&M Bathlifts, Frontier Medical and Direct Healthcare.
- If you are at immediate risk of homelessness:
- Phone 01484 221350
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tell us about someone sleeping rough
Beware of scams - Please do not respond to any text messages, emails or phone calls asking for personal information or bank details unless you're sure of who they're from. If you think you've been a victim of a scam report it immediately to your bank and the police.
Loan sharks are illegal moneylenders who often charge very high interest rates. Please don't be tempted to borrow from a loan shark.
- Report a loan shark - If you spot a loan shark or you've borrowed money from one you can report them anonymously.
- Action Fraud - National Fraud and Cyber Crime Reporting Centre.
Borrow a digital device or apply for a free SIM card from the Databank if you have a device but have no connectivity, or not enough connectivity. (Quote "Kirklees Council" when asked for the referral organisation).
Is your gambling, or the gambling of someone close to you, having a negative effect on your life? Find out about support available:
Lots of local providers are now offering 'social tariffs', meaning you could qualify for cheaper broadband and phone connections if someone in your house receives Universal Credit or similar benefits.
Ofcom's Social tariffs: Cheaper broadband and phone packages provides a helpful list of broadband providers advertising social tariffs, including low-cost options from big names like Vodafone, Virgin Media and EE.
If you need immediate help
- Discretionary Housing Payments give short-term help with rent for people experiencing severe financial hardship.
- Local Welfare Provision offers help for vulnerable people in short-term crisis with food, benefits, fuel costs and COVID-19 assistance. If food is required it usually arrives the same day or the next working day.
- Mental health support offers a range of resources and advice if you are experiencing mental health problems. Get confidential help and support.
- Customer service centres - Visit us in person for help and get free access to computers and phones to contact a council service.