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A month of action aims to Challenge Poverty and Talk Money in York

Published Friday, 8 October 2021

With the furlough scheme and £20 Universal Credit uplift coming to an end at a time of bills rising, money is going to be tight for many this winter.

To support people through this worrying time, a partnership of money experts have come together to host a month of activities and events to help people find the best advice and support possible. The partnership has merged two national campaigns into a month of action in York called Challenge Poverty, Talk Money Month.

Starting on 10 October, the month will feature a new theme each week, including, ‘Manage your budget’, ‘Staying on top of bills and payments’, ‘How to cut your costs’ and ‘Building up savings’. Information and advice from a range of experts are available at Talk Money Month

Organisations taking part to provide impartial support and advice include Older Citizens Advocacy York, York Energy Advice, Stop Loan Sharks and Community First Credit Union.

From 10 October, residents are invited to join in the events and workshops, and pick up tips, advice and support to:

  • feel more confident about managing your money;
  • know where to get good information and advice
  • know what financial support is available and how to get it
  • get the best deal on your gas, electricity and internet bills
  • find good debt advice

Cllr Nigel Ayre, Executive Member for Finance and Performance, said:

The Challenge Poverty, Talk Money Month comes at a particularly challenging time for many, as support schemes end and winter bills begin to pile up. Whilst it might feel like a daunting task, there is lots of advice and support available to manage these challenges.

“I would urge residents to make the most of this month and learn more about ways to help navigate through money challenges and use the support available.”

Cllr Denise Craghill, Executive Member for Housing, said:

Being able to talk about money to a sympathetic and impartial expert, and get good quality advice and tips to make the most of what you have, can make all the difference when people are really struggling.

“So whether it’s budgeting, applying for an energy efficiency grant, or managing your debts, you can get expert advice and know-how via Talk Money Month.”

Ivana Jakubkova, Project Officer for York Energy Advice said:

Keeping warm in winter without costing the earth is best achieved through improving energy efficiency of our homes. Energy saved doesn’t cost anything so we’re happy to offer help on that and proud to support this month of events.”

Ruth Potter, Charity Manager at OCAY, said:

We know that there are many people in York living in poverty. We work with older people and we know many are not accessing the benefits they are entitled to. This is a brilliant multi-agency effort to help people find the support they need to maximise their income and reduce their day to day living costs."