Council host cost of living event

Published Thursday, 22 September 2022

Residents are being invited to explore the help and support available to them at a special cost of living and well-being event.

Organised by Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council, the Money Advice and Well-being event takes place on Saturday 1 October at The Meeting Centre, on Hinckley’s Marchant Road, and will run from 10am until 1pm. It will give anyone who is concerned about the cost of living the opportunity to speak with council staff and other organisations about individual issues and concerns including benefits, housing, paying energy bills, managing debt and food support.

People attending will be able to speak to staff from a wide range of agencies including British Red Cross, Worklink, Emmaus UK, Citizens Advice Bureau, Scams/Trading Standards, Great/Yes Project, Hinckley & Rugby Building Society, Morrisons, Food Bank, Clockwise, Turning Point plus other local advice centres and the council’s housing, council tax, welfare, energy advice teams and more.

There will also be demonstrations on how to cook nutritious food on a budget, as well as health and wellbeing assistance and activities to keep children entertained. Free refreshments will also be provided.

Council and community partners teamed up to organise the event after seeing a rise in the number of people asking for help. This year, people have seen the end of the £20 uplift in universal credit, as well as energy price rises, rising fuel costs and inflation at 9%. All these changes mean more people are struggling to make their money cover the basics.

Leader of the Council, Councillor Stuart Bray said:

We understand that residents are rightly concerned about the national rise in the cost of living. We decided to host this event so that we could offer as much help and support as possible and we welcome anyone to attend who needs advice. There will be plenty of displays and information on offer, and residents will be able to chat face-to-face with a range of experts. We hope that this will give all our residents reassurance where it is needed and will point those in need towards specific services and help.

No appointment is needed to attend, and the event is open to all residents across the borough. 

There will also be the chance to win one of many shopping vouchers, hampers, or vouchers towards energy costs. 

For more information on the event email or telephone 07968 692506.