Cost of Living Crisis

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We know that the current Cost of Living Crisis is affecting more and more people each day across our communities. 

This page is dedicated to pointing you in the direction of advice and help that is currently available to both groups and individuals, along with up to date news on what is being done to tackle this crisis. 



Latest News

Cost of Living Survey

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Utility Aid has launched their National Charity Tender!

Utility Aid manages energy 'baskets' containing thousands of properties across the UK

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National Lottery Community Fund

The National Lottery Community Fund (TNLCF) are administering £76m of this funding on behalf of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. 

The Community Organisations Cost of Living Fund (CCLF) will support organisations across England to deliver critical front-line services.

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Cost of Living Archive

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If we have any missed out any provision, please get in touch so that we can update our webpage.


Money, Debt, Benefits and General Information


Chesterfield Citizen’s Advice

Free Advice Helpline - call 0808 278 7843

Derbyshire Unemployed Worker’s Centre

DUWC Outreach Offices

Call 01246-231441 Email:

Chesterfield And North East Derbyshire Credit Union

Call 01256-278833 Email:

Derbyshire County Council Welfare Rights

Call 01629 531535 Email:

Derbyshire Law Centre

Call 01246 550674 / Freephone 0800 707 6990

Text 07781 482 826

Textphone for deaf people: 1800101246 550674



Chesterfield Borough Council Benefits Advice

Call 01246-345 345

Chesterfield Borough Council - Cost of Living Web Page

Derbyshire County Council - Cost of Living Web Page 

Derbyshire Discretionary Fund (DDF)

Call 01629 533399


Cost of Living Payment

Guidance on getting an extra payment to help with the cost of living if you’re entitled to certain benefits or tax credits.

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Housing   Employment

Chesterfield Borough Council Homelessness Prevention Team

Call 01246 - 345825 Out of Hours Tel: 08081692333

Pathways of Chesterfield

Call 01246-498204


Chesterfield Borough Council Housing

Call 01246 - 345345   Text Only 07960 910264

Repairs Hotline - 0800 587 5659

Chesterfield Borough Council Tenancy Support

Call 01246-345068.  Text Only 07960 910264



Job Centre Plus

Call 0800 055 6688 Textphone 0800 023 4888

Universal Credit helpline: 0800 328 5644 Textphone 0800 328 1344


Derbyshire Disability Employment Service

Call 01629 532 440







Foodbanks & Community Kitchens


Brimington Foodbank

Monday - 12.00 - 16.00

St Michaels and All Angels Parish Hall

Church Street, Brimington


S43 1JG


Hasland Foodbank

Monday - 17.00 - 18.30

African Caribbean Community Association

Penmore Business Suite

Unit 2 Saxton Close



S41 0SJ


Town Centre - The Compass Foodbank

Tuesday - 1.00 - 3.00

Wednesday - 12.00 - 2.00

West Bars


S40 1AZ


Gussie's Kitchen and Community Pantry


Saints Augustines Church

St Augustines Road


S40 2EP


New Whittington Foodbank

Thursday 12.00 - 14.00

St Barnabas Church

Albert Road


S43 2BH


Loundsley Green Foodbank

Friday - 13.00 - 15.00

Loundsley Green Community Centre

Cuttholme Road



S40 4QU



Hope Valley Foodbank

Thursday 12.00 - 14.00

St Helens Church

1 Main Road


S32 2JN








Amber Valley Foodbanks & Community Kitchens

Bolsover Foodbanks & Community Kitchens

Derbyshire Dales Foodbanks & Community Kitchens

Erewash Foodbanks & Community Kitchens

High Peak Foodbanks & Community Kitchens

North East Derbyshire Foodbanks & Community Kitchens

South Derbyshire Foodbanks & Community Kitchens


Energy Advice   Domestic Abuse

Marches Energy Advice

Call 0800 677 1332 weekdays 9.00 - 5.00pm


Chesterfield Citizens Advice

Freephone: 0808 278 7843

Severn Trent

Top Money Saving tips from Severn Trent


The Elm Foundation

Call 08000 198 668 (or if an emergency call 999)

Text Derbyshire Domestic Abuse Support Line - 07534 617252






Mental Health and Wellbeing    

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Mental Health Support Line Freephone 0800 028 0077

Derbyshire Recovery and Peer Support Service

Call 01773 734989





Call 116 123 (24 hours a day - 7 days a week)


Derby and Derbyshire Emotional and Wellbeing





On 15th September, Links hosted a lunch and mingle event, discussing the Cost of Living Crisis. Speakers were from Chesterfield Foodbank, Derbyshire Unemployed Workers Centre and Derbyshire County Council - Affordable Credit. Please find below the presentations from the Chesterfield Foodbank and from Derbyshire County Council.















Love Food Hate Waste

Tips for re-using food, saving money and reducing waste from the Love Food Hate Waste campaign.

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Tackling the cost of living

Do you know of any groups or projects that are helping people in your community as they struggle with the cost of living?

  A fund that means our councillors can support their local community is being doubled so that they can help people tackle the rise in prices that we're all facing. All 64 of our councillors get funding through the members’ Community Leadership Scheme to give to communities and organisations in their area. And from 1 October the amount will double from £3,860 to £7,720. So, if you belong to or know of any groups that make a difference in your community please contact your local county councillor. 


You'll need to explain what the project, activity or event is about, the amount of money you'll need, what other funding may be available, and how it will benefit your community.

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The Cost of Giving Crisis Report

There’s no escaping the undeniable rise in the cost of living and it’s no wonder that charities are wondering how to react. Both the pandemic and now the economic climate are truly putting pressure on charities, and at times it could feel like a catch-22. Demand for help is set to soar even further as the demographic of those in crisis is set to change, while costs for charities to keep running will increase. 

So what can they do to keep making a difference to those that need them?            

We’ve gathered voices from in and out of the sector to hear what advice they’d give – with some actionable tips on what to do next. In this report we’ll share these findings.

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