As we all know, the sharp increases in the cost of living are having a deep impact on many Rushcliffe residents, with inflation at a 30+ year high and unprecedented fuel and travel costs.
Rushcliffe Borough Council now has a dedicated webpage at www.rushcliffe.gov.uk/costofliving, to which their Customer Service Advisors are signposting residents when chatting over wider financial concerns.
It includes the Government’s Cost of Living Support Factsheet, ways to maximise your income, information on benefits and pension credit, and the latest on Housing Benefit and Council Tax support. There are also handy calculators that offer more ways to manage and budget for your outgoings.
General benefits advice can be found on the Government-backed website, www.moneyhelper.org.uk, and support from Nottinghamshire County Council is available at www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk.
You can visit the Citizen’s Advice website at www.citizensadvice.org.uk for general budgeting advice and their Work Out Your Budget tool. The site contains lots of useful information about grants and benefits that are available to help pay your energy bills.
Details of Severn Trent’s Big Difference scheme for those on a low income can be found at www.severntrent.com.
You can also access specialised advice on debt issues from debt charity, Step Change, at www.stepchange.org.