May Day Bank Holiday

We will be closed on Monday 1st May for the May Day Bank Holiday

We are back on Tuesday 2nd and there’s plenty going on:

Tuesday:11.30am-12.30pm  1.30-2.30pmDance Fusion at Lovell Park Hub Drop in coffee at Caring Together premises
Wednesday:11.00am – 12.30pm
Coronation Skill Share at Caring Together premises Coronation Celebration Afternoon Tea at Caring Together premises
Thursday:11.00am – 12.30pmDying Matters “Let’s Talk About It” Coffee Morning at Caring Together premises
Friday:1.30 -2.30pmGentle exercise at Woodhouse Community Centre

First 2023 cost of living payments from today

For people on Pension Credit and other low income benefits

The first of a number of cost of living payments for 2023 will be paid between 25th April and 17th May 2023, although most people are expected to receive it by 4th May. This first payment is £301 and you do not need to apply -you’ll be paid automatically in the same way you usually get your benefit or tax credits if you qualify.

You should get this payment if you are entitled to one of the following benefits:

  • Pension credit
  • Income-related employment and support allowance
  • Income support
  • Income-based jobseeker’s allowance
  • Universal credit (providing you didn’t have a ‘nil’ award)

If you get child tax credit or working tax but don’t also get one of the above benefits, you should still get the payment but it will arrive in your account between 2nd and 9th May

You need to have been entitled to it for at least one day during the qualifying period, which is between 26 January 2023 and 25 February 2023.

If you are over state pension age and on a low income but do not already get pension credit it is worth checking if you are entitled to claim as soon as possible – pension credit can be backdated for 3 months so if you make a successful claim now (before 19th May) you would then also be entitled to this cost of living payment. You can check this online or call the pension credit helpline 0800 99 1234

Emergency Alert Test – this Sunday at 3pm

On Sunday April 23rd at 3pm there will be a test of the new UK emergency alerts system.

Emergency Alerts is a UK government service that will warn you if there’s a danger to life nearby.

In an emergency, your smartphone or tablet will receive an alert with advice about how to stay safe.

The government does not need to know your phone number or location to send you an alert.

The alert on Sunday is just a test and so you do not need to do anything, in a real emergency you should follow the instructions that come with the alert.

It will only go to smartphones or tablets that work on 4g or 5g networks, so if you have an older phone it may not receive it.

When the test happens your device is likely to make a loud siren like sound, even if it’s set on silent and maybe vibrate. The sound and vibration will last for about 10 seconds.

If, for any reason, you do not want to receive the test alert please make sure your phone is switched off at 3pm on Sunday – you will not get the alert when it is switched back on.

The message that you will get (in England) is:

This is a test of Emergency Alerts, a new UK government service that will warn you if there’s a life-threatening emergency nearby.

In an actual emergency, follow the instructions in the alert to keep yourself and others safe.

Visit for more information.

This is a test. You do not need to take any action.

You WON’T be asked for your phone number, location or other details – beware scammers trying to take advantage

The alerts are sent by mobile phone masts, which can broadcast them to compatible devices in the surrounding area during an emergency.

This means the Government does NOT need your phone number, location or any other personal details to send you an emergency alert, and you DON’T need to download an app or sign up to receive them.

Scammers often exploit Government initiatives and other news items as a way to target people so be wary of suspicious texts, emails or other messages asking you to hand over your details.


Local elections are coming up and these will be the first time the new voting rules apply. From now on you will need to show photographic ID to vote in person.

This includes an older persons bus pass or disabled persons bus pass.

Acceptable forms of photo ID are:

Passport issued by the UK, any of the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, a British Overseas Territory, an EEA state or a Commonwealth country

Driving licence issued by the UK, any of the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or an EEA state

Biometric immigration document

Identity card bearing the Proof of Age Standards Scheme hologram (a PASS card)

Ministry of Defence Form 90 (Defence Identity Card)

Blue Badge

National identity card issued by an EEA state

Older Person’s Bus Pass

Disabled Person’s Bus Pass

Oyster 60+ Card

Freedom Pass

Scottish National Entitlement Card issued in Scotland

60 and Over Welsh Concessionary Travel Card issued in Wales

Disabled Person’s Welsh Concessionary Travel Card issued in Wales

Senior SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland

Registered Blind SmartPass or Blind Person’s SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland

War Disablement SmartPass or War Disabled SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland

60+ SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland

Half Fare SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland

Electoral Identity Card issued in Northern Ireland

Voter Authority Certificate or a temporary Voter Authority Certificate

If your photo ID has expired it will still be accepted as long as the photograph is still a good likeness of you.

If you don’t have any kind of photo ID you can apply for a free voter authority certificate to be used as ID specifically for voting and you can do this online—see for more information or call 0113 222 4411 for a paper application form. Or you can also go to a library or community hub where they will help you to apply. You need to apply by 25th April to be able to use this in the May elections

If you vote by post you do not need photo ID

If you want some help with any of this, please contact Caring Together.