Cost of living support

Derbyshire Dales District Council is keen to promote the advice and information available from a range of agencies able to assist residents affected by a rise in the cost of living.

Cost of living support

The government announced on 21 July 2022 that retail deals and discounts to help families over the summer holidays have been launched as part of the Help for Households Campaign.  These deals have been signed with various businesses, including Asda, Morrisons, Amazon and Vodafone and are designed to reduce costs at the checkout, help provide entertainment and ensure access to necessary services for families during the summer holidays and beyond.

Welfare and Benefits Advice

The welfare rights team can help you to find out about the benefits you may be entitled to and how to claim. You can email the team at or telephone 01629 531535.

For more information visit Welfare benefits - Derbyshire County Council

Derbyshire Discretionary Fund

The Derbyshire Discretionary Fund can provide grants or emergency cash payments if you are in urgent need of financial help following a crisis or disaster and support you to continue to live independently or cope with exceptional pressure when you have no other source of funding.

The fund may support you to resolve your immediate difficulties and also put you in touch with other support and services so it's less likely to happen again. You can apply for the grant by telephone on 01620 533399

For more information visit Derbyshire Discretionary Fund - Derbyshire County Council

Council tax

If you are struggling to pay your council tax, please contact us on 01629 818222 or by email at so that we can provide help and advice. 

If your household has a low income and you haven’t claimed Council Tax Support, this could reduce the amount of your council tax bill. If you think that you might be eligible, you can call the Benefits Section on 01629 818222 (option 2) to discuss it, or you could visit this page on the Council’s website to print off a form, or use the online benefit calculator and electronic form to make a claim. 

£150 Energy Rebate:

£150 energy rebate payments have now been made to eligible households in the Derbyshire Dales. Find the latest information.

Household support fund

The household support fund (HSF) is available to help Derbyshire residents facing financial hardship over the coming months by providing grants and other financial support.

Households can access a maximum of two payments in the period between April and 30 September 2022.

Payments are worth £64 per household plus an extra £20 will be provided for each partner or spouse and each dependent child aged under 19. 

Support for low income pensioners and adults receiving home care is also being rolled out by Derbyshire County Council to 23,000 eligible households in the form of a £100 voucher in the post to support them with the rise in the cost of living.


If you are worried about not being able to pay your rent this can be a big concern. Citizens Advice have information about rent arrears here - Dealing with rent arrears - Citizens Advice

There is also advice around preventing homelessness - Preventing homelessness – Derbyshire County Council 

Housing Benefit

If you pay rent you could be entitled to assistance in the form of the national Housing Benefit scheme administered on behalf of the Department for Work & Pensions by your Council. Universal Credit has largely removed entitlement for working age households but persons living in specialist supported or temporary accommodation or pensioners drawing a pension can still make an application. There are rules relating to eligibility; please contact the Benefits Section on 01629 818222 (option 2) for further advice. The same team has a number of discretionary ‘top ups’ that can be paid in tandem with the main benefit.

Legal Advice

Derbyshire Law Centre are available to provide free, confidential legal advice over issues around housing, debt, immigration, employment, and discrimination. For more information on their service please visit their website – Derbyshire Law Centre, or telephone 01246 550674. 

Advisory Services

Citizens Advice can offer free, confidential, impartial, and independent advice and information on a wide range of subjects including debt, income maximisation, energy, employment, and housing problems. Visit Derbyshire Citizens Advice

The Feeding Derbyshire Partnership aims to improve accessibility to good quality affordable food and reduce the negative impact of hunger by ensuring projects are inclusive to all and reach those who are in need. 

For more information visit Feeding Derbyshire - Rural Action Derbyshire 

You can find a list of food banks across Derbyshire here Foodbanks in Derbyshire.

To check if your child qualifies for free school meals please visit Free school meals – Derbyshire County Council 

Energy Support

Warmer Derby and Derbyshire

If you are looking for impartial advice and practical tips on how to stay warm at home and cut your energy usage, you can call the 'Warmer Derby and Derbyshire' service free of charge. Residents can call for advice about their energy bills, how to make their homes more energy-efficient and how to apply for grants for heating systems and insulation. Just call 0800 677 1322 – there are no charges for this call. 

Find information about free energy grants availble to eligible Derbyshire Dales residents.

Mental Health

For many people the pandemic has had an impact on their mental hearth. Feeling anxious, worried or overwhelmed is normal. The good news is that there are lots of things you can do to look after your mental health and wellbeing. The link below has lots of information and sources of support that you can access

Emotional health and wellbeing - Derbyshire County Council 

Live Life Better Derbyshire

Live Life Better Derbyshire is Derbyshire County Council's healthy lifestyles service that aims to help people make structured, long term changes to improve their health. This includes free support to stop smoking, lose weight and get more active.

For more information please visit

Warm Spaces 

Ashbourne Churches Together
• Monday 4 – 7 pm Elim Church, DE6 1 DG Warm Meal served 5 – 6 pm
• Tuesday 1 – 4 pm – Ashbourne Methodist Church, Waterside Hall DE6 1AE - Relax with books, games, & magazines for all ages
• Wednesday – 10 am – 2 pm – Ashbourne Elim Church DE 6 1DG- soup & roll served 12 – 1 pm
• Thursday – 10 am – 2 pm – St Johns Church Hall, DE6 1 QG – soup & roll served 12 – 1 pm (opening 1st December)
More information at 

Warm Place Drop in Bakewell Parish Church (Newark Room), South/North Church Street, Bakewell DE45 1FD
Tuesday afternoons 1.30-4pm From Tuesday 1st November
Free coffee/tea and cake. An opportunity (if wished) to play a board game, do a puzzle, sit & chat, sit & read. Everybody is welcome. Bring a friend
Revd Brenda Jackson 01629 813143 or Canon Tony 01629 814462
Each Tuesday until the Christmas Tree Festival 8th-18th December and then from January 10th

Bonsall Church café
Sat, Sun, Mon 12-3pm

Darley Dale
• The Library, The Whitworth, Station Road, Darley Dale
• Every Wednesday Nov to Feb 9.30 to 4.30
• The Whitworth and Darley Dale Town Council with support from Age UK, DCC and DFS  Tel: 01629 733678
• Books, games, magazines, comfy chairs

Church Coffee morning at Village Hall, Thursday 10 am – 12 pm

Open Door Church 
Friday's 11am - 5pm
For more information contacr Nick Read -
Eyam Church Centre - 01433 630930 

Hartington Village Hall, Hyde Lane, Hartington, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 0AP
Monday 17.30- 21.30
Tuesday 10.00-12.00 + 19.30-21.30
Wednesday 10.00 – 12.30 + 18.00- 22.30
Thursday 14.00-16.00 on alternate Thursdays + 18.00- 20.00
Friday 10.00-11.00 +15.30-17.00

Contact Details/Website: Hartington Village Hall . Contact: Keith Quine, Chair of Trustees. 07709 094687/01298 687384

DCC Records Office Tuesday to Friday 9.30 am – 5 pm

St Joseph’s Catholic Church Parish Hall, Bank Road, Matlock
Supported by the St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP)
Open Mondays, 9am – 5pm - starting Monday 5th December
Not Open Monday 26th December 2022 and Monday 2nd January 2023
Facilities available: Wifi, Desks, Refreshments, Games, books, jigsaws, Newspapers, Charging points
This is a drop in provision. All are welcome.
Contact Lance Philpott at   Visit the parish website at

Farmers View- Hurst Farm 
Mon, Wed & Friday 10am - 2pm 

Community Hub / Warm Space
Jubilee Room, Burton Institute, West Bank, Winster
10 am to 1 pm each Wednesday from 9.11.22
Tea/coffee/cake provided. Idea to offer games, newspapers, films. Fast WiFi. Transport available
Pam Hatfield 01629 650468

Warmer Wirksworth

The Feather Star 9 am - 3.30 pm
Waltham House – 11 am – 12 noon
The Glenorchy Centre, Chapel Lane, 7 - 9 pm

Wellspring Church – 9.30 am - 12 noon

The Heritage Centre - 10 am - 4 pm
Wellspring - 12 noon - 2 pm

The Maltings (former Parish Room) - 12 - 1 pm & 2 - 5 pm

United Reform Church - 9.30-11am

The Coach House, Crown Yard - 9.30 am - 12.30 pm

More information - Wirksworth Community Response Helpline 01629 888112
Derbyshire Dales District Council is keen to promote the advice and information available from a range of agencies able to assist residents affected by a rise in the cost of living.