Elections 2023

From May 4 2023, voters in England will need to show photographic ID to vote at polling stations in some elections, including Stoke-on-Trent’s upcoming local elections on Thursday 4 May 2023.

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Supporting our city

Support through the cost of living crisis

We know that the cost of living crisis, fuelled by rising inflation and increasing energy bills, is impacting on Stoke-on-Trent residents, businesses and communities.

We are all facing tough financial challenges. If you are struggling, there is a range of support that may be able to help you. The council administers a number of grants, benefits, relief funds and other support.

We want to make sure that you are receiving all of the support and benefits that you may be entitled to, because we are all #StrongerTogether.

In order to make sure that you are receiving all of the support you should be getting, please use our benefit calculator below:

Benefit calculator

Community Support

VAST - Stronger Together


Household support fund

Discretionary housing payments

Council tax hardship relief support

Council tax discount and exemptions

Housing benefit

Homelessness/Housing Advice


Free school meals

School food vouchers for children

Healthy Start


Beat the cold

e.on Green Homes Funding Scheme

Health and advice

ORCHA Health App Library


FREE online workouts

Government Initiatives 

The government’s help for households initiative

The Energy Bills Support Scheme Alternative Funding (EBSS AF)


Disabled Facilities Grant

Benefit calculator

Pension Credit

Support for businesses

Expanded retail, hospitality and leisure relief

Business rates, reliefs and exemptions