Local Council Grants – Things you can get for FREE from your Local Council

Local Council Grants – Things you can get for FREE from your Local Council

The local council is responsible for well-known functions such as social care, waste collection, housing and more. In addition, there are lesser-known services such as business support and licensing. However, many people don’t know that there are plenty of perks and useful things that you are not getting from your local council. Yes, they often forget to fix killer potholes, but they do provide freebies.

Want to know what you can get from your council for free?

In this guide, we’ve rounded up all freebies that you can get from your council.

Pest Control on Your Property

Pests are a nuisance. They carry all manner of unpleasant diseases which they transmit to people, pets and plants. Millions of people are directly affected by infections that cause:

  • Disabilities
  • Debilitation
  • Disfigurement.

In the UK, mosquitoes have been on the rise partly due to the rising average temperature. Of more than 3,500 mosquito species, 34 are native to the UK though they do not carry diseases. But their high pitched whine and bite are annoying.

Fleas, houseflies, cockroaches, and ticks spread diseases such as:

  • Bartonellosis
  • Lyme disease
  • Salmonella
  • Dysentery
  • Typhoid, etc.

The above list is not exhaustive as pests can carry all manner of rare diseases. As such, it’s critical to avoid sharing a home or office with them.

Several local councils in the UK provide free pest control for residents of domestic and commercial properties. They have fully qualified pest control officers with RSPH/BPCA certification and eradicate pests such as:

  • Mice
  • Rats
  • Wasps
  • Bedbugs
  • Cockroaches
  • Fleas

So, if you’re on benefits like Housing Benefit or Jobseeker’s Allowances or on a low income, your council may offer pest control treatment for free. To report a pest problem, visit the GOV.UK website.

Free Swimming

The Portsmouth City Council has a free-swimming program for residents 12 years old and under. It extends this opportunity to residents to enable them to enjoy and maximize its health benefits. There are three council-run pools in Portsmouth:

  • Eastney Swimming Pool
  • Charter Community Sports Centre
  • Mountbatten Leisure Centre

Some of the council swimming pools require you to have a card. The Glasgow City Council provides the Young Scot National Entitlement Card for 12 to 18 years and Kidz Cards for 5 to 11 years.

Both are available for free, and you can use them for money off the things you love and to collect exclusive rewards. In Wolverhampton and Manchester, young people and the elderly (over 60) can get free swimming. Check out your local swimming pool for such offers.

Bike Maintenance Courses

Some councils provide basic and intermediate bike maintenance courses. The course covers areas such as cabling, brake balancing, bearings, gear indexing, all over checks, punctures and more. It also covers how to clean your bike.

The Lancashire County Council, in partnership with Go Velo, offers a trainee led bike maintenance course. Available throughout Lancashire, the course is 2 hours long and suits each group. It’s open to everyone, aged 15 years old and above. Two qualified mechanic instructors provide these courses. Participants are usually split into smaller groups depending on ability and individual requirements.

The mechanics cover the following:

  • Puncture repair
  • Removal of rear wheel
  • Indexing gears
  • Adjusting brakes
  • basic bike fit
  • Bicycle M-check among others

Lancashire council also introduced the Fix your Bike Voucher Scheme. Members of the public receive a voucher worth up to £50.

Food and Clothing Grants

Free meals and clothing vouchers are other benefits that councils in the UK provide. A good example is the Cumbria County Council. It has a free school meals and clothing scheme where they provide vouchers. These vouchers are available to children if the parents receive:

  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Universal Credit
  • Child Tax Credit

If you receive working tax credits, you may not be eligible for the vouchers and grants. Free school meals are available to statutory school-aged children attending full-time education. This excludes further education colleges and private nurseries. Apply online or call 01228 606060 to get your free meal and clothing voucher.

Final Thoughts

Councils also give away trees for free. This is in partnership with the Woodland Trust. Hundreds of thousands of trees are given away to communities and schools. You can find what’s on for free at your local village halls, such as sewing classes, IT courses, running clubs, and other activity sessions. If working as an unpaid carer in the community, you may receive a free PPE. Check your local council website for more offers.