Warmer and Wealthier this Winter – How to make your money stretch


Since being launched a year ago, more than 120 people have taken advantage of our Money Smart advice service which has helped them to save hundreds of pounds.

Some have seen their disposable income increase by an average of £1,815 per year while others have reduced their fuel bills by £361 a year, on average.

So, in the run-up to Christmas, which can bring money worries for many people, we are holding another of our Money Smart events on 30 October in the Atrium at Wakefield One from 10am to 4pm. 

Under the banner of ‘Warmer and Wealthier this Winter’, help and advice will be available for:  

  • Making money stretch further
  • Controlling debt
  • Reducing fuel bills or switching to a better tariff
  • Planning for Christmas
  • Fixing or replacing faulty boilers
  • Accessing low cost loans
  • Accessing loans for home improvements
  • Increasing savings
  • Managing bills
  • Leeds City Credit Union will also be in attendance to give helpful information on saving, managing bills and accessing low cost loans

Chloe (not her real name) was struggling with her finances after her boiler broke down. Our advisors found that she qualified for a range of benefits, including council tax benefits. She was also shown how to reduce her monthly expenses and increase her spending money. She also received a free fuel efficient boiler under our fuel poverty project and successfully applied for additional benefits.

“The service gave me a better outlook on things, helping me feel so much better and happier,” a grateful and relieved Chloe told us.

She is still mulling over a big option – about selling her home and moving into rented accommodation as she can’t afford to maintain her house or the bills.