‘Cost of Living Crisis’ Appeal launches in York

Cost of living crisis UK

#DonateTheRebate and help local people affected by the cost of living crisis

“If you can afford not to use the council tax rebate, please consider donating it to local people and charitable organisations via Two Ridings.”

If you are due to receive a £150 council tax rebate and are able to help people struggling in York, you can choose to donate your rebate directly to the York Cost of Living Crisis Appeal.

Two Ridings Community Foundation is accepting donations to support people affected by the current cost of living crisis. Funds donated will be used to directly help people living in York who are struggling with keeping homes heated, families fed and paying for other essential living costs.

The cost of living crisis is impacting the ability of many people to meet the most basic of needs including fuel and food. We are hearing about people sitting in the dark at night to save money and scared to use their cookers to make meals for fear of bills they can ill afford. We know that many families are struggling to top up their meters or pay their direct debits after the first energy price cap rise, and we also know these struggles will be even greater after the next one due in October.

Working with City of York Council and the Advice York Partnership of over 70 local organisations, Two Ridings will direct donated funds to local people in need and local charitable organisations supporting them.

Jan Garrill, Chief Executive of Two Ridings Community Foundation said:

“Two Ridings Community Foundation is pleased to be to help in this way by offering a simple way to direct money to people in need. Every winter we ask people to donate their winter fuel payment, and this year we felt it was only right to do something similar with the council tax rebate.

“We know that many people in York are really struggling with the rising cost of everything. They’re struggling with bills, and having to make hard decisions about whether they can afford to heat the home or whether all their money should go on feeding the family. Foodbank use is soaring too.

We know from talking to local charity leaders that the cost of living crisis is only going to worsen as the month’s progress, even before the next fuel cap changes in October. If you can afford not to use the council tax rebate, please consider donating it to local people and charitable organisations via Two Ridings.”

To donate visit https://www.tworidingscf.org.uk/donate-to-the-cost-of-living-crisis/

If you live in York and feel you need additional financial support, additional help and advice is available. For information about other local financial assistance see City of York council’s website at www.york.gov.uk/benefits.

Hints, tips, advice, and more to help manage your money is also available at www.livewellyork.co.uk/talkmoney or visit your local community venue and ask about money advice services.