Helping hand: get help with the cost of living
Residents are facing more pressure on household budgets due to the increase in the cost of living, food and energy bills. There's a range of help and advice available. Use the links on this page to see what cost of living help is available, how to apply and where to go for advice
If you need to ring us our lines are open Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm, telephone: 01706 923685
Warm Spaces in the borough of Rochdale are places where local people can gather for free in a warm, safe, welcoming place and enjoy a free drink, activities and access to other services.Find Warm Spaces
Help for households and businesses with the cost of living
The government is also offering help for households and businesses. See what cost of living support you could be eligible for.View available help for households and businesses (GOV.UK)
Groundwork's Green Doctor programme
Groundwork's Green Doctors offer free, impartial advice and support to help you save energy, reduce your bills, and live in a warmer, more comfortable home.Keep your home safe, dry and warm
Energy saving scams
Scammers may sometimes contact you pretending to be from Ofgem and may try to suggest you switch energy suppliers and ask for your bank details or offer rebates.Report energy saving scams
Cost of Living Payment
You could get an extra payment to help with the cost of living if you’re entitled to certain benefits or tax credits.More on the Cost of Living Payment
If you have particular needs, for example medical equipment and young children, you can sign up for the Electricity North West free extra care register for them to help you keep safe and comfortable until the power is back on.Register for extra care or report a power cut in your area
Things to see and do on a budget
Rochdale borough has so much to offer families looking for fun, or people wanting to relax on a budget. View events, places to go and activities that are free or low cost.Things to see and do on a budget
Help with energy bills, food banks and money
Help with energy bills, housing, benefits, food banks, childcare costs and more.
Household Support Fund
Access financial support on food and household items, energy costs, nappies, baby foods, sanitary products and more.
Discretionary Crisis Fund
There's money available if you're in a crisis. Each application is individually assessed.
Discretionary Housing Payments
You may be eligible for an emergency payment to help you with your rent or housing costs.
Food banks and food clubs
Find your local foodbank or join a food club.
Apply for free school meals
You do not need to re-apply for free school meals every year unless your circumstances change.
Help paying for school uniforms
The council doesn't provide grants for school uniforms, however, there are several things you could consider to help you reduce some of the costs.
Warm Spaces in the borough
These Warm Spaces are places where local people can gather for free in a warm, safe, welcoming place and enjoy a free drink, activities and access to other services.
Borrow a device or get free data from the Digitech Library
You can borrow a laptop or tablet from your local library for up to 9 weeks. We also offer free data for you to use on your devices.
Borrowing money and illegal money lending
Learn how to identify and report a loan shark, and borrow money safely from a credit union.
Get ready for winter
Top tips about keeping warm, preparing your home, staying heathy and connected with your community.
Find out how to report a power cut in your area, and how to stay safe and comfortable until the power is back on.
Traffic and travel
Check the weather conditions and road updates before you travel or use public transport.
Home improvement, energy efficiency and repairs
Find out how to save money and keep your home warm.
Purchase pre-loved household items
Visit Recycle for Greater Manchester's Renew shops to purchase pre-loved household items at an affordable price.
Reduce your carbon footprint and save money
Taking small steps to improve your health, lifestyle and more can help to reduce your carbon footprint and also save you money.
Jobs and skills support
Find jobs vacancies or get help.
Find your nearest job centre (GOV.UK website)
Use the search facility to find your nearest office.
There are Work Clubs across the borough to help you return to work.
Help for businesses
Help with energy bills for businesses
The government's Energy Bill Relief Scheme (EBRS) will cut energy prices for non-domestic energy customers such as businesses and charities.
Business advice and support
Get advice and support with finding grants, health and safety, starting a new business, and more.
Policies, strategies and reviews
We use policy and strategy documents to guide our decisions. We also use them to develop and run our services fairly and consistently.
Councillors and committees
Councillors are responsible for agreeing provision of services and how the council's money is spent.