Cost of living assistance – don’t miss out

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The rising cost of living is really biting, but you’re not alone in this, there’s more help than you think.

Trying to figure out what you’re entitled to, what assistance is available and where to get it can be very confusing, but we’re here to help.

We have worked with other organizations to create a new website with useful information and contact details in one place, https://our.fife.scot/gethelp. You’ll find lots of advice and links to other organizations that can help you, as well as an online checker – to make sure you’re getting what you’re entitled to.

We know not everyone has access to the internet, or maybe you just need more immediate help, so we also offer one-on-one, face-to-face or phone support. Our new Community Helpline 0800 952 0330 will be open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, and our advisers are ready to help you.

Council leader David Ross said: “We try to ensure that every Fifer has easy access to coordinated and practical information and support that helps reduce the impact of rising costs as he needs it most.

“We are working more closely than ever with our community partners; NHS Fife, Fife Health and Social Care, Citizens Advice and Rights Fife, Fife Voluntary Action and a range of community organizations to try to ensure that wherever people turn for help or advice, they will get the help they need. We pool our resources locally to get the most out of the people, services and support we all provide.

“As a council, we have been part of an incredible community response during the pandemic. We want to maintain this momentum and continue to work with our community groups and organizations to provide more targeted local support. To help with this, we have invested even more money in the Community Recovery Fund which will be distributed among the seven regional committees.

To help you find out what support is at your doorstep, you can visit local support pages and research what is available in your area.

The main OurFife cost of living site will direct you to:

On the OurFife website you will also find the EntitledTo benefits calculator. It’s an easy way to see what you may be eligible for online. Even if you’ve checked before, it’s worth doing it again as there have been some recent changes. More people are now eligible for benefits such as local tax reductions or duty-free childcare than before.

If you are under 18, not a UK national or having difficulty using the EntitledTo online calculator, please contact the Community Helpline on 0800 952 0330.

There is a lot of help out there, for those who are working or not working, for those who have resources and those who don’t, for those who have already received help and those who don’t. have not. Don’t suffer alone, we can help you.

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