Council offers support to residents in financial difficulty

12/05/2020, PR-9396

​Wakefield Council is highlighting a range of advice and support services available to help residents who might be struggling financially during the coronavirus outbreak.

Many households now have less money coming in than ever before and might be having difficulty paying the gas and electricity bills, keeping up with their mortgage or rent and Council Tax payments or struggling to budget for the everyday essentials.

As part of its More Money In My Pocket campaign, the Council is providing a ‘one-stop shop’ which sign-posts residents to the right help and support they need for their money worries, all in one place.

Cllr Maureen Cummings
Cllr Maureen Cummings

​Cllr Maureen Cummings, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Communities and Poverty, said: “These are challenging times for us all and we will do everything we can to support our residents through the coronavirus outbreak.

“Please do not suffer in silence, you don’t need to miss a mortgage or rent payment or worry about paying your gas, electricity or Council Tax bills because of coronavirus. If you are struggling, visit the More Money in My Pocket web page where you will find a range of advice and support services.

“There is help with rent and mortgage payments, paying bills and Council Tax, as well as advice on budgeting and managing debt so you shouldn’t have to look much further to find the support you need.

“If you’re finding yourself in financial difficulty, please get in touch, we want to help.”

Find out what help and support is available, including Mortgage Breathing Space and home energy support at bit.ly/2UMsTDu

For advice with managing money, the Cash Wise team, run by Wakefield District Housing (WDH), works with all residents to review their financial circumstances and provide them with a personalised package of support to maximise their income and reduce outgoings. Contact WDH’s Cash Wise team on 01977 724651 or email cashwise@wdh.co.uk.

The Council’s Money Smart team can also be contacted for help with complex money, debt and mortgage advice on 01924 305887 or email moneysmart@wakefield.gov.uk

Vulnerable residents experiencing a crisis or emergency that's out of their control meaning they have no money for food or fuel should call 0345 8 506 506.

Help is available for those with money worries