Claiming Universal Credit

 Due to the impact of Coronavirus over 5.5 million people are claiming Universal Credit, many of them for the first time, having been negatively impacted by Coronavirus. 
This link contains a guide to assist in claiming Universal Credit: 

Coronavirus support in County Durham
You can find a list of local support groups and organisations that provide assistance
on the County Council’s ‘Locate’ website www.durhamlocate.org.uk; just click
on the coronavirus section which will guide you to the help you need. 

Alternatively, you can e-mail communityhub@durham.gov.uk or fill in the Covid 19 Help form at www.durham.gov.uk/covid19help.

If you are able to offer help to other people, you can register as a volunteer at http://www.durham.gov.uk/covid19volunteer or as an NHS Volunteer Responder at http://www.goodsamapp.org/NHSvolunteerresponders.

Crisis food support now available in your area

If you are facing hardship due to the Coronavirus outbreak and are advised to self-isolate, help is available. Councillors Heather Smith (heather.smith@durham.gov.uk, 07799 492290) and Stephen Hugill (stephen.hugill@durham.gov.uk03000 268 786) are working in partnership with The Auckland Project and Health Express, and can arrange for free frozen meals or hampers containing ingredients to be delivered to your doorstep. 

Access to suitable meals and cooking essentials might be difficult during this time. If you need help, please call 07795 373 974 (telephone number manned 9am-5pm on weekdays only).

Parish Council meetings during the coronavirus emergency

During the coronavirus emergency it will be impossible to hold normal meetings, so Council business will be conducted by remote means, either video or phone conferences, in which members of the public will be able to participate. Various options are being considered, and in the meantime you can still contact the Council via the Clerk.

Welcome to the website for Cockfield Parish Council     

The aim of the Parish Council is to help ensure Cockfield and the immediate area remain a pleasant and safe place to live, work and visit. The Parish Council helps provide the facilities you want to see in the area and, where possible, deals with local problems as they arise in partnership with local community organisations other public bodies,  and other neighbouring parish councils.

Parishes are the smallest areas of civil administration in England and Town and Parish Councils provide the statutory tier of local government closest to the community. (Civil parishes should not be confused with Church of England ecclesiastical parishes and their Parochial Church Councils.) Parish Councils are independent from County Councils.

Town and Parish Councils are an essential part of the structure of local democracy and have a vital role in acting on behalf of the communities they represent. They:             

  • give views, on behalf of the community, on planning applications and other proposals that affect the parish
  • undertake projects and schemes that benefit local residents
  • work in partnership with other local organisations and public bodies to achieve benefits for the parish
  • alert relevant authorities to problems that arise or work that needs to be undertaken
  •  help the other tiers of local government keep in touch with their local communities.

Town and Parish Councils have a wide range of legal duties and powers, such as the maintenance of community buildings and land and much more. They have the power to raise money through the local council tax.

Cockfield  Parish Council  also manages and maintains a number of local facilities including:

  •  the Pauline Charlton Sports Pavilion
  • the sports fields and multisports area 
  • the two Play Areas
  • the allotments
  • the village greens

The work of the Parish Council is funded by a precept or charge on the council tax of residents in the parish. 

In the future it is possible that the Parish Council will have an even greater involvement in the provision of local services.

The Parish Council meets on the second Tuesday of every month (except August) at 7pm in the meeting room of the Pauline Charlton Sports Pavilion, and members of the public are welcome to attend meetings. Agendas and minutes of meetings are published on this website. 

The website is maintained by the Parish Council and seeks to provide information on local social activities, essential services and other matters of interest to the community. This aspect will develop over time and the Parish Council welcomes any suggestions to make this site more useful to residents and visitors to the area.