Cost of living events continue to help support Notts residents
Tuesday, 22 November 2022
Nottinghamshire County Council and partners have kicked off a series of events across the county to help residents struggling with rising household bills.
The County Council’s early help and support team have teamed up with district and borough partners to provide much-needed support to residents to help keep communities healthy and warm this winter.
Forthcoming events, which will all offer a free lunch, include,
• Bingham Methodist Church, Thursday 24 November from 9.30am- 1pm, working with Rushcliffe Borough Council
• Castle House, Newark Wednesday 30 November from 1pm- 4pm, hosted by Newark & Sherwood District Council
Various County Council services such as experts from the benefits team and maximising independence specialists are due to attend. A range of partners will also be on hand to offer advice, guidance, and support on topics which include food banks, managing household bills, accessing the local food club, debt advice, recycling and mental/physical wellbeing.
Councillor John Cottee, Nottinghamshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities said:
“With so many people struggling with rising household bills, it was important that we got this series of informal information events off the ground, working with our district and borough partners across the county.
“The aim is that residents can go along to somewhere warm and welcoming where they feel comfortable asking for help and advice at a time when so many families are worrying about increasing costs, especially in the build up towards Christmas.
“Everyone is welcome, so do pop along as there’ll be lots of useful information, tips and financial advice on keeping warm and healthy this winter
"Our teams are working hard to organise more of these events to reach more communities across the county, so look out for details on our social channels and our dedicated cost of living webpage.”
These events come off the back of the new £700K package of support planned by Nottinghamshire County Council to help those most affected by rising household bills.
Vulnerable residents and those on a low income are at the heart of these plans which aim to be put in place before Christmas. The support includes,
- £450K worth of targeted grants for voluntary groups and community organisations to help them continue their vital work in the community.
- £100k to expand the benefits team to be able to offer more one-to-one cost of living advice.
- £150k investment to provide more expert advice to improve energy efficiency in the home and to help cut down on bills
Events which have already taken place include those held at Killisick and Newstead, hosted by Gedling Borough Council, with further events across the north of county due to be confirmed in the coming weeks.
These events have also been supported by Severn Trent Water
For more financial advice and guidance see the council’s dedicated cost of living webpage