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Information for electors voting in the General Election 2024.

A UK parliamentary election has been called for 4 July 2024. Deadlines for registering to vote, and applying for a postal vote, have now passed. To apply to vote by proxy, you have until 5pm on 26 June 2024: GOV.UK: Apply to vote by proxy (opens new window)

Overseas electors may consider applying to vote by proxy. For more information see the General Election 2024 page.

Supporting you through the rising cost of living

Council tax, benefits and financial support

A range of advice, guidance and contact details to ensure you know where to get the support you may need during the current cost of living crisis.

Household Support Fund 2023/24

Wiltshire Council has been allocated £5.4m in round four of the Household Support Fund provided by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

This funding is to support households that would otherwise struggle to buy food, pay essential utility bills or meet other essential living costs during the current cost-of-living challenges and particularly those who may not be eligible for the other forms of Government support.

Grants paid from this funding are different to the GOV.UK: Guidance - Cost of Living Payments 2023 to 2024 (opens new window) paid direct to those eligible by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

The funding is being distributed through partner organisations and council departments between now and 31 March 2024.

Find out about the help and support available from the Household Support Fund (HSF).

Council tax

  • Discounts and exemptions - find out if you qualify for a council tax percentage of discount or a complete exemption from paying council tax

Benefits

  • GOV.UK - Universal Credit (opens new window) - monthly payment to help with your living costs if you are of working age. If you don't have enough to live on while you wait for your first payment (or first payment after notifying of a change in circumstances) you may be able to get an advance of your first Universal Credit payment
  • Housing Benefit - If you are on a low income, even if you are working, you may be able to get help with your rental costs

Financial support

FUEL - support for eligible families during the Christmas holidays

FUEL is the holiday activity and food programme (HAF) is funded by the Department of Education. FUEL provides eligible school-aged children with free access to enriching activities, nutritious meals and healthy eating information during the Easter, Summer and Christmas holidays.

The HAF programme is delivered in Wiltshire using the brand FUEL (Food, Unity, Energy, Laughter) and the programme is a direct response to the growing issue of holiday hunger.  The FUEL programme in Wiltshire has supported more than 10,000 children, since launching in 2021.

More information at FUEL Programme.

Free sims and mobile data from Wiltshire libraries

Wiltshire Libraries are working with the Good Things Foundation to distribute free SIMs and mobile data to people in need. The National Databank scheme (opens new window) is supported by UK mobile networks including Vodafone, O2 and Three.

The free SIMs and mobile data are available from Chippenham, Devizes, Salisbury, Trowbridge and Warminster libraries.

To be able to access the National Databank you must be 18+ years old and from a low-income household. One or more of the following must also be true:

  • you have no or poor access to the internet at home
  • you have no or poor access to the internet away from home
  • you can't afford your existing monthly contract or top-up

If you meet the criteria, contact Chippenham, Devizes, Salisbury, Trowbridge or Warminster libraries to find out more and to book an appointment or complete the National Databank application form. 

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