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Information about support available for households experiencing financial difficulties.

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If you are worried about money and it is affecting your everyday life, there are a range of support services who can help.

Many people are having difficulties due to the current cost of living. You might not realise you're entitled to some help. You can find out about the range of local help that's available, as well as national support, on this website.

  • Housing Support - Support if you're struggling to pay your rent, mortgage or council tax.
  • Support with utility bills - Help to pay your electricity, gas, water or broadband bill.
  • Food Support - Free school meals, food vouchers, crisis food support and more.
  • Help to manage your money - Help to manage your money, budget and debt advice.
  • Wellbeing support - Services that can help if you're worried about money, including mental health support.
  • Employment and skills support - Get advice and support from our team and benefit from opportunities around learning and working.
  • Household Support Fund - Support for households with the cost of living.
  • Support for Berneslai Homes tenants -  Information about the Tenant's First service and support for a wide range of tenancy issues.
  • Freebies and money saving ideas - how to access the internet, books and magazines for free, as well as finding free days out and things to do.

To find out more about any of these support services, please visit our More Money in Your Pocket webpage.

Help for Households

In response to the cost of living, the government has also launched a campaign to let everyone know what national support is available. This is called Help for Households.

Pension Credit

Pension Credit gives you extra money to help with your living costs if you're over State Pension age and on a low income. It can also give you access to a range of other benefits. This can include helping with housing costs, Council Tax, heating bills, and for those aged 75 or over - a free TV licence.

Although take up of Pension Credit is at the highest level since 2010, many people are missing out. You can check if you're eligible and claim on GOV.UK.


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Published: 27 May 2022