Michael Lilley with Benson at Appley Park April 2024


Parliamentary Candidate

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Isle of Wight East


Michael Lilley with Benson at Appley Park April 2024

Isle of Wight East

Parliamentary Candidate

Liberal Democrat branding white text with yellow bird


Michael Lilley with Benson at Appley Park April 2024

Isle of Wight East


Liberal Democrat branding white text with yellow bird
Source ? - Infographic Save On Summer Cost of Living Isle of Wight Council

We’ve put our Facebook Maths Prize Draw online – Please share this info before 9 am Wednesday 9 August.

Source ? - Infographic Save On Summer Cost of Living Isle of Wight Council

There’s only got a few hours to give the correct answers to some simple maths questions and be in with the chance to win some fabulous prizes including:

 a 3 month family pass* to 1Leisure

 £50 supermarket vouchers or £50 Wight Gift cards

family entry to Dinosaur Isle and Newport Roman Villa

While you’re on the page, don’t forget to enter our Online Family Maths Challenge too! 

Enter our Facebook Maths Prize Draw – now online

Cost of Living support

Use our cost of living web pages to see what’s available near you. You can also call us on 01983 823134. 

Contact Citizens Advice Isle of Wight on 0800 144 88 48 or enquiries@iwcab.org.uk. Their advice is free, confidential and independent. They can help with debt, benefits, legal advice and much more. 

Contact The Footprint Trust for free advice or call them 01983 822282. 

Use the connect4communities website to see what other support is available in your area.

The government Help for Households website has information about help with childcare costs, benefits and many other schemes. 

Save on Summer

Struggling with the long school holidays?
There’s different information on our website to help you over the summer holidays. Find out about:

  • Affording food
  • Summer holiday activities
  • Accessing the benefits you’re entitled to
  • Getting help in an emergency
  • What’s on our libraries
  • Entering our online competitions

Find out how to Save on Summer

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Community Organisations Cost-of-Living Fund launched

The government have launched a £76 million Community Organisations Cost of Living Fund to support communities most affected by the increased cost of living.

The fund will distribute grants to frontline services that have been impacted by increased demand and support low-income households and individuals. Eligible organisations can apply for grants of £10,000- £75,000.

To be eligible for this funding organisations must:

offer critical services to low-income households and individuals around at least one of the following: food and emergency supplies, emergency shelter, safe spaces, warmth and financial or housing advice be able to demonstrate increased demand and increased costs for those critical services be registered with the Charity Commission or an incorporated not-for-profit company provide services to a local community in England – with a focus on small and medium organisations, although national organisations can apply where they can demonstrate local impact

The closing date for applications is noon on 16 October.

The Family Information Hub

The Family Information Hub website can help keep you up to date width the information, support and advice in your area. There are lists of organisations, services and activities that you can use either in person or online.

Each listing contains a description an contact details. This can include links to external websites if you need more information.

You will also be able to find national and local advice and support for you and your family.

Visit the Family Information Hub website

Community Pantries are free to join for everyone

  • Community pantries are free to join.
  • Anyone can use them to top up their weekly shop – you don’t need to be on benefits.
  • Join a pantry and for £5 a week, receive over £15 worth of food.
  • You don’t need a referral, contact your nearest pantry directly to join. 

East Cowes Community Pantry
Community Spirited, Vectis Road, East Cowes, PO32 6HN
01983 296592
Opening hours:
Tuesday, 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Wednesday and Thursday, 10:30am to 12:30pm

Ventnor Community Pantry 
Baby Box, Victoria Street, Ventnor, PO38 1EJ
07961 959003
Opening hours:
Tuesday 3pm to 6pm
Saturday 11am to 2pm

Ryde Community Pantry

Oakfield CE Primary School, Appley Road, Ryde, PO33 1NE
01983 563732
Opening hours:
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
3.00pm to 4.30pm

Newport Community Pantry

The Pyle Street Pantry, 98 Pyle Street, Newport, PO30 1UH.
Opening hours:
Wednesday 11am to 1pm and 5pm to 7pm

Find out more about getting hold of affordable food on our website

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Photo ID now required

A vacancy has occurred in the Wootton Bridge Electoral Division for one member of the Isle of Wight Council.

The by-election will be held on Thursday 24 August 2023.

This is a reminder that you need photo ID to vote at a polling station in elections in England.

You may already have an acceptable form of photo ID, including the following:

  • Passport
  • Driving licence (including provisional licence)
  • Blue badge
  • Certain concessionary travel cards (such as an Older Person’s Bus Pass or an Oyster 60+ card).
  • Identity card with Proof of Age Standards Scheme (PASS) mark
  • Biometric Immigration document
  • Defence identity card
  • Certain national identity cards

Find out more and apply for Voter ID on our website

A reminder from IWASP – how to block calls

If you’re getting nuisance calls, try these tips:

  • If you are a WightFibre, Sky or TalkTalk customer they all offer a free call blocking service.
  • For WightFibre dial 1490 and follow the instructions 
  • For Talk Talk dial 1472 and follow instructions 
  • For Sky call them directly or go through your online account 
  • You can purchase phones that block scam calls and allow through calls from friends and family that are stored in the memory 
  • Call Blocking Units can be purchased online from reputable traders. Trading Standards works with Truecall to keep residents safe.

Useful numbers to keep hold of:

Citizens Advice Scam Line: 0808 250 550 

Action Fraud: 03001232040 

Trading Standards trading.standards@iow.gov.uk or 01983 823371 

Find out more about how to protect yourself from scams

Please share the survey and help the Island Food Strategy Group find out about food insecurity on the Island.

The Isle of Wight Council were invited to support the Island Food Strategy Group in 2022. Public Health now facilitate this partnership between public, private and voluntary organisations. Its role is to look at food insecurity issues that have worsened due to the rise in the cost of living and the longer term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We would be very grateful if you could pass this survey on to anyone who you know who is working to support Islanders with food provision.

This short survey should take under 10 minutes to complete. It aims to help us get a clearer picture of the current food provision situation on the Island. We want to identify existing gaps so we can see how they might be able to be addressed through working together.

This survey will run until Friday 15 September 2023. We very much appreciate your time and support with this.

Here is the link to the survey.

Source ? - Infographic Save On Summer Cost of Living Isle of Wight Council

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