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What was announced in the Autumn Statement? 

In the Autumn Statement on 17th November 2022 the Government made several announcements to further help support households. These include: 

New direct Cost of Living Payments
  • In 2023-24 UK households on means-tested benefits will receive an additional £900. 
  • For means-tested disability benefits, this will be £150. 
  • For pensioners, this will be £300. 
These amounts will be paid in instalments throughout the year. The DWP will provide further detail on the timing of payments and eligibility dates in due course. 
  • From April 2023, benefits, the benefit cap and the state pension will increase in line with inflation.  
  • From April 2023, all households will continue to get support through the Energy Price Guarantee for a further 12 months.  
  • There will be 1 billion pounds of additional funding to enable a 12-month extension of the Household Support Fund. 
  • From 1 April 2023, the National Living Wage will increase by 9.7% to £10.42 an hour for workers aged 23 and over. 

Read the Autumn Statement in full.

If you or someone you know is concerned about the rising cost of living, this page has information about the help available to those living in North Derbyshire.
  • The Derbyshire Discretionary Fund (DDF) can provide grants or emergency cash payments if you are in urgent need of financial help following a crisis or disaster. The fund may be able to help you during an emergency or crisis and to support you to continue to live independently or cope with exceptional pressure when you have no other source of funding. The fund may support you to resolve your immediate difficulties and put you in touch with other support and services, so it’s less likely to happen again.
  • Chesterfield Health and Wellbeing Partnership’s Financial Inclusion Group has produced a Financial Inclusion Information and Support leaflet to help people find out where they can go for free help and advice locally if they are experiencing financial difficulties.
Find out where the Warm Spaces in Chesterfield and Bolsover are located

How our Social Workers can help you

Here at Ashgate Hospice, we are fortunate to have a small, experienced and dedicated team of Palliative Care Social Workers and volunteers to help our patients and their families cope with additional challenges they may be facing. The Social Work team specialises in working with adults and children who are at the end of their life, their families, those they are close to as well as their communities.

They help individuals and their families prepare for the end of their lives and provide post-bereavement care for those who need more specialist support.

Alongside emotional support, the Social Work team also offers a range of practical help and signposting, help with housing, debt, welfare benefits, practical help at home, liaising with schools or employers, and more. They often work with groups as well as individuals and support children, young people, and their parents/carers too.

If you, or someone you know, is affected by life-limiting illness and need support, please contact the Supportive Care Service at Ashgate on 01246 568801 (Mon-Fri 9am to 5pm) or email us at [email protected]

George Downs is our Welfare Benefits Officer and provides financial support and advice to our patients when they need it most. Part of his role is to ensure our patients can access the full benefits available to them. Find out more about how he can help in the article below: 
Article | 5 October 2022

Hospice Care Week: “I help to navigate the benefits system to allow patients to focus on what really matters”