Everton Primary School

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Cost of Living Support

Let us know if you’re in financial difficulty

We know that many families are going through a tough time and as a school 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.



Citizen’s Advice Bureau (CAB) - Contact your local Citizens Advice Bureau or Family Hub

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:

  • Getting benefits or organising other financial support
  • Accessing support for essential costs (food, bills, rent)

Visit the Citizens Advice website or contact your local branch to book an appointment. 



Check you’re paying the right amount of tax

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.



Claim any benefits you’re entitled to

Use one 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  who is handling your claim.



Check you’ve received all the government’s cost-of-living payments

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.


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.



Find out what help you can get with your energy bills

Take a look at these resources from the British Gas Energy Trust and the Money Saving Expert.



Check if your child is entitled to free school meals (FSM)

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, as a school, 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. 



See what other support you can get from your local authority

Local authorities have many schemes that you might be eligible for, including:

We have a stock of pre-loved uniform items available for pupils in school. Please contact Mrs Bailey (tel 01777 817350 or email to check availability of items and sizes.



Get free or low-cost food

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.

  • If you have a child under 4, and meet the eligibility criteria, you may be entitled to healthy start food vouchers
  • Use food waste apps and websites like Olio (for free food and household items from your local community), Too Good To Go (for low-cost food from local restaurants), or Low Price Foods (food that has passed its best-before date, but is still safe to eat)
  • Become a member of a community shop. These organisations sell food to their members at a reduced price. Some shops are free to join if you meet certain criteria, and others ask for a small contribution. For details of the Bassetlaw Community Shop see 'Further Information' at the bottom of this page. 
  • Get more tips on free and cheap meals from Which



Free hygiene products

    • Food banks may offer free toiletries and sanitary products. Check with the Bassetlaw Community shop to see what’s available.
    • Find the cheapest disposable sanitary products on Sanitary Saver


    Replace or repair household items at a low cost or for free

    Check if you can get broken household goods replaced or repaired by your local community.




    Find a warm space to beat the chill

    Some community spaces open their doors to provide a safe and warm space for a few hours. Many also offer hot drinks and WiFi.


    Find a warm space on:









      Further information

      • Bassetlaw Community ShopThis project was designed by Bassetlaw Food Bank with support from Bassetlaw District Council, the National Lottery Community Fund, Feeding Britain, The National Lottery Awards For All, Retford Lions and Wickes. Its aim is to support Bassetlaw’s rural community in times of hardship and create better access to affordable food. We will be visiting villages across Bassetlaw on a weekly basis with a range of items including food cupboard staples, fresh produce, and a range of toiletries and cleaning products. You will be able to enquire via an online form below, or you can pick up a form from the Community Shop itself. Membership is open to residents of Bassetlaw.
      • Contact StepChange for debt advice
      • Contact Shelter if you’re having issues related to housing
      • Contact the Salvation Army for emergency assistance
      • See if you’re eligible for grants from Turn2us
      • Single parents can get support from Gingerbread