Cost-of-living help for struggling Goole residents, from food and fuel support to cheaper bills

Man looking worried about a bill
A Your Money drop-in event is to be held in Goole to offer help for households struggling with the cost of living -Credit:East Riding of Yorkshire Council

A Your Money drop-in event is to be held in Goole to offer help and advice to struggling households.

Residents are encouraged to go along to meet experts from East Riding Council and the local community who will be providing advice with the cost of living, everyday bills, and general assistance with financial pressures. The Your Money drop-in will be held on Thursday, May 16 at Goole Adult Learning Centre, Pasture Road, Goole (DN14 6DP), from 9.30am to 11.30am.

The event forms part of the council’s Help For Households campaign. There are more than 60 schemes on offer to help with the cost of living, from help with childcare, pensions and travel costs, to cheaper water bills, wifi, and free data SIMs.


The council has already helped East Riding residents to claim over £2.7min benefits in the past year. Councillor Nigel Wilkinson, the council’s cabinet member for finance and governance, said: “People are facing extremely tough times during this cost of living crisis, but the council’s many services are there to help.

“We’re inviting residents from the Goole area to come along to this event and speak to experts to see what support is available to them and how they can access help with food and fuel costs. It’s been reported that £1.4bn of benefits in the Yorkshire and Humber area goes unclaimed. We want to make sure that you are getting the help you are entitled to.”

The support on offer at the event includes:

Financial support

Explore the range of benefits available from the Government for those on low incomes, in or out of work, to help with living costs. There is help with disability benefits, help for those with caring responsibilities, and people over the state pension age. The council has already helped 15,000 households to claim what they are entitled to.

Household bills

Many providers are offering cheaper broadband and mobile phone packages, including free data SIMs for people claiming certain benefits. There is also a range of discounts and exemptions to reduce council tax bills and water bills. For those paying a mortgage or rent and working on a low income, there may be help through universal credit.

Childcare support

Parents can get affordable, high-quality childcare to ensure that children get a great start in life. Support is already available through Tax-Free Childcare, which can be used to help pay for out-of-school clubs, as well as 15 or 30 hours of childcare for nurseries or childminders. Many parents can also get free school meals.

Community support in the Goole area

The Two Rivers Food Bank in Goole has a supermarket people can visit, which strives to keep their prices as competitive as they can. It is open to everyone in the local Goole community.

The council’s Adult Learning Centre is also here to help with employment support and learning and skills training. There are a huge range of courses to choose from, as well as help on offer to find work, or to brush up on skills to boost job prospects.

Anyone who cannot attend the drop-in who is looking for advice and support can find a wealth of information and help on what is available here.