Donating your energy rebate
Of course, many people are struggling with the cost of living, with increases in petrol and food, as well as gas and electricity. The new energy rebate, along with the other measures announced will be much needed.
While many of the other measures announced are targeted at the most vulnerable, every household will receive the £400. It is not means tested and you cannot opt out.
If you don’t need the rebate and can keep your home comfortably warm then please consider donating some or all of it to help local charities respond to the cost of living crisis.
By donating to us we will match the donation pound for pound and claim the gift aid and get the donation to a fount line community project or charity in Kirklees. So that they can meet the increased demand for their services caused by rising household costs.
Every donation of £400, with gift aid will be worth £900.
DONATE HERE www.localgiving.org/appeal/donatetherebate
How is inflation making it harder for charities to respond?
The same factors which make life harder for beneficiaries also constrain the charities who exist to help them. A rise in the cost of food, energy, and petrol is a big problem if, for example, a charitable cause is feeding, housing, or transporting people.
Operating costs are rising
The Charities Aid Foundation found that 82% of charity leaders are concerned about the increased cost of utilities, and 65% are worried about the higher cost of stock, equipment, and supplies.
A food poverty charity, told CAF their cost of breakfast supplies have risen by 17% this year so far, having a significant impact on their cost base (as 41% of its costs are ingredients) and reducing the number of meals it can provide, all while demand for their support has doubled.
As with businesses, the energy price cap does not apply to charities. Out of contract rates have increased by more than 100% since August 2021.
Many charities—especially those operating in rural areas—spend a significant amount on petrol, required to deliver services. For example, a group who provide a transport service for essential journeys by vulnerable cancer patients (predominantly to hospitals in urban centres), say their petrol costs have risen 36% in two years.