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Money Matters

The challenging economic climate can be even tougher if you are experiencing health and mental health issues or are preparing to enter new training or employment.

Welfare Rights
It is important to remember there are dedicated Welfare Rights Advisors, including ones who work for the Royal British Legion, who can help you. They ensure you are receiving the financial assistance and benefits you are entitled to and also help you manage your money.
For more information please visit the Benefit Changes Section on the website or,
Telephone: 01685 725000

Council Tax and Housing Benefits
To make an application or to calculate whether you are eligible for assistance, please use our claims calculator

Fuel Poverty
If you’re worried about the cost of heating your home call 01685 725000. You can also contact Nest on 0808 808 2244 or visit NEST. Nest is a Welsh Government scheme working to make Welsh homes warmer and more energy-efficient places to live.

Free School Meals and Clothing Allowance
You can find advice on eligibility and apply for Free School Meals online.

Blue Badge
View details on eligibility and how to apply for a Blue Badge.

Consumer Advice
Residents who believe their consumer rights have been breached,  can telephone the Citizens' Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 040506 as their first point of contact should they experience difficulties with goods, services, credit or hire, where they will be given initial advice on their problems.
General advice can also be found on the Advice to Consumers page

Veterans Welfare Service
The Veterans Welfare Service (VWS) gives support to veterans, those who are eligible to claim for the MOD pension and compensation Schemes and their dependants. The focus of the service is to provide assistance following a change in situation that may have resulted in a welfare need, such as leaving the services and changes affecting income or finances. VWS caseworkers offer one to one professional help and guidance by telephone, or if needed, during a home visit.
Please telephone 0808 1914218 or email veterans-uk-vws-south@mod.uk to access this service.

George Purse Fund
This fund provides grants to support the welfare needs of Veterans who live in South Wales and are in need of respite care, welfare holidays and convalescence.
Application forms can be obtained from the Royal British Legion  by calling 0808 802 8080 or by contacting SSAFA on 020 2038 3852

Royal British Legion
The Royal British Legion can provide a variety of grants to serving and ex-Service people and their dependants who are suffering financially, including those who need urgent assistance to get through a temporary crisis, such as homelessness.
View further information about the Royal British Legion

SSAFA
SSAFA are an Armed Forces Charity that provide a variety of services to support the Armed Forces community. They offer a service to assist with the purchase of Household Goods. If you are a Veteran and in need of essential household items, including white and brown goods, then their volunteers can help you to get hold of them. Visit SSAFA

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