Cost of Living available Support from Calderdale Council

Many more people than ever before are experiencing money worries with the increased cost of living. Calderdale Council’s Money & Wellbeing web pages are updated regularly and cover all money related matters.

Whether you are looking for help with bills, budgeting tips, benefits calculators or information about Government schemes, you can find it all here in one place.

Visit call 01422 288005 or scan the QR code for more information.

A new Calderdale Cost of Living Fund for VCSE organisations

There is £226,950 available for local community and voluntary groups based in Calderdale, with contributions from

  • Calderdale Council
  • West Yorkshire Combined Authority via the Mayor’s Cost of Living Emergency Fund
  • Community Foundation for Calderdale.

This funding is designed to help local voluntary and community groups continue to support people in need throughout Winter as the demand for services rises.

There are 3 strands to the funding – emergency support, prevention (warm & welcoming spaces) and building resilience. These strands have been brought together in to one fund to try and reduce the amount of time local groups spend on writing applications.

You’ll find all the details in the guidance but here is an ‘at a glance’ table showing the key elements of the Calderdale Cost of Living Fund:

Please note, the majority of funds need to be spent by end March 2023 as the focus for the fund is supporting Calderdale residents through the Winter.

You can apply for one, two or all three strands of funding if your organisation is eligible.

Click below to apply online before the closing date for applications on Friday 9th December 10am.

 Click here to apply to the Calderdale Cost of Living Fund

These funds may be of interest particularly organisations who offer warm and welcoming spaces.


Happy Thriftmas! December 10th at Forest Cottage

Come to a Christmas fair unlike any other you’ve ever been!

Saturday 10th December from 1pm to 4pm!

This event is the first and possibly one of its kind!

A family Fun Day with Tips and Tricks to save money and enjoy a Greener Christmas!

Free Event – bring an unwanted gift to ‘Swish’ if you wish!

(click images to enlarge or download PDF here)


Thriftmas Poster Flyer Download (PDF)

This is a free community event where you can enjoy some festive fun, craft and
refreshments but with hints and tips on ways to save money whilst enjoying a greener

Christmas can be a stressful time, with the pressure to provide a magical experience for everyone. Even without the cost of living crisis, the festive season can put a strain on our budgets.

We’ve done the number crunching and put together our best tips for saving money without compromising on how you celebrate.

Come along to find ways to do things a bit differently with handmade gifts and decorations and tips to create new traditions that really make Christmas special.

There will also be local organisations to talk about the services and support they offer
to advise and assist local people.


Bring along any unwanted gifts, Christmas jumpers or other festive things for our
swishing table and swap them for something you could make better use of instead.

There will lots of ideas, hints and activities showing easy ways to reduce the environmental impact of Christmas while still maintaining those traditions we all know and love!

Venue: Forest Cottage, Cousin Lane, HX2 8AD

There is a carpark available and the building is accessible on the ground floor.

For more information, please call 01422 392 767
or email

Individual Hardship Funds list of funding and support resources

The following lists of organisations may be able to offer help and support to those struggling with the cost of living.

Please note, you can only apply to some of those through a charity or a supporting organisation. If you are receiving help, please pass this information to your adviser.

Crisis Support Funding for Organisationsand Individuals 2022 (DOC)

Individual Hardship Funds (PDF)

Cost of Living Crisis help available :

The Government is offering cost of living support to every household. Find out more today. There is help for every household. Find out what cost of living support you can get today. have put together information to help families with the Cost of Living Crisis. This includes income and disability benefits, bills and allowances, childcare and more.

Find out what is available to you and how you can claim.


Pension Credit top up to help with living Costs

Do you or a family member get a State Pension? An estimated £6.8 million of unclaimed Pension Credit is unclaimed in Calderdale. We want to encourage every one of State Pension age to check their eligibility, even if they don’t think they need any additional support.

Even if you own your own home or have some savings, it’s worth checking to see if you’re entitled to Pension Credit – you might be surprised! If you get Pension Credit you could get help with heating bills, housing costs and free NHS dental care and if you get Pension credit and you are over 75, you could get a free TV licence.

Check online: or if you need help call 01422 288005

Watch this video to find out more.

*Estimate based on latest published figures obtained from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).  One in three people eligible for Pension Credit currently do not claim it.


Are you eligible for financial support?

Calderdale Council is reminding residents that they may be eligible for financial support if they are struggling to keep up with payments of rent.

The Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) scheme is an emergency fund which provides financial assistance whilst allowing people time to find alternative solutions. This is an additional payment on top of any housing benefit already received.

DHP is intended to cover shortfalls between Housing Benefit, or the housing element of Universal Credit in payment and rental costs. It can also be used for rent in advance, rent deposits and removal costs.

Take up of the scheme is relatively low in Calderdale, so the Council is running a campaign to let people know that funding exists, to help those most in need.

You can apply online for DHP at or drop in at any Customer First office for an application form.