We know that many families are going through a tough time this winter and we want to do everything we can to help you and your child. If you’re struggling with your finances, please get in touch to let us know, as there may be things we can suggest which will help. You can email the office or speak to Mrs Curtis.
Citizen’s Advice Bureau (CAB)
You don’t have to be a UK citizen to get support from your local CAB, you just need to be
a resident of the local area. The CAB can help you with:
Visit the Citizens Advice website or contact your local branch to book an appointment.
Contact your local Family Hub to get help accessing all the support you might need as a family.
Make sure you’re on the right tax code. If you aren’t you might be due a refund. Use the Money Saving Expert’s free tax code calculator to find out.
Use 1 of these benefits calculators to determine whether there are any benefits you could be claiming:
You may be able to get benefits paid early if you need cash urgently – this is known as ‘a short-term benefit advance’. You will need to contact the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) office that’s dealing with your claim.
The government’s cost-of-living payments are available for those receiving certain benefits or tax credits. You don’t need to apply for these – if you’re eligible the money should go straight into your account.
If you think you’re due a payment but haven’t received one, report a missing payment to the government here.
Be aware of scams! If you receive any emails, texts or phone calls asking you to fill in an application form or asking for your bank details to receive a cost-of-living payment, do not talk to them or send a reply. Get more information on cost-of-living scams on the Money Saving Expert’s website.
Take a look at these resources from the British Gas Energy Trust and the Money Saving Expert.
If your child is eligible for FSM you need to get them registered. This will allow them to get a free meal at school, and we’ll get extra funding (known as the pupil premium) to support your child’s learning.
Go to this government website to check if your child is eligible. If they are, or if you’re not sure, visit our Applying for Free School Meals and Pupil Premium Page.
Visit Surrey County Councils Website for information
Local authorities have many schemes that you might be eligible for, including:
If you’re worried about not having enough food to feed your family, you’re not alone. There are a number of places offering support.
Check if you can get broken household goods replaced or repaired by your local community.
Some community spaces open their doors to provide a safe and warm space for a few hours. Many also offer hot drinks and wifi.
Address: Ash Street, Ash, Aldershot, GU12 6LF
Address: Guildford Road, Normandy, GU3 2AW
Address: 203 Vale Road, Ash Vale, Aldershot GU12 5JE
Address: The Old School, Poyle Road, Tongham, GU10 1DS
Address: Ash Church Road, Aldershot, GU12 6LU
Single parents can get support from Gingerbread