County Voice

County Voice: November 2023

Support for residents

We’re aware that the rising cost of living can be worrying for many households. Below, we’ve collated a list of support and resources which could be of help to residents.


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Welsh Government's Nest scheme

Welsh Government’s Nest scheme offers a range of free, impartial advice to help you make your home warmer and more energy efficient. Also, if you’re eligible, it can offer a package of free home energy efficiency improvements.


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Universal Primary Free School meals

To help with the rising costs-of-living, we’re working with Welsh Government so that every primary school pupil will be offered free school meals by 2024 through the Universal Primary Free School Meals scheme. Universal Primary Free School Meals are currently available for every child in reception class, years 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Universal Primary Free School Meals

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School Essentials Grant

If your child attends a school in Denbighshire and you receive a qualifying benefit, you may be entitled to a grant towards the cost of:

  • School uniform
  • School sports kit
  • Sports outside of school
  • Uniforms for wider activities e.g. scouts and guides
  • Equipment for activities to support the curriculum, e.g. design and technology
  • Equipment for out of school hours trips, including outdoor learning
  • Duke of Edinburgh
  • Computers, laptops and tablets 

School Essentials Grant

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Benefits calculators

You can use an independent, free, and anonymous benefits calculator to check what you could be entitled to. This will give you an estimate of:

  • the benefits you could get
  • how much your benefit payments could be
  • how your benefits will be affected if you start work or increase your hours
  • how your benefits will be affected if your circumstances change - for example, if you have a child or move in with your partner

Benefits Calculators

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Digital Library

There are a range of free digital resources available through Denbighshire's Digital Library.  These range from the BorrowBox where you can access audiobooks and e-books, Ancestry if you want to research your family history to PressReader if you’d like to browse through newspapers and magazines.

Take a look at the full range of resources on the following link Denbighshire's Digital Library


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