Supporting you through the rising cost of living
Council tax, benefits and financial support
A range of advice, guidance and contact details to ensure you know where to get the support you may need during the current cost of living crisis.
- Do you qualify for a council tax discount or exemption? - find out if you qualify for a council tax percentage of discount or a complete exemption from paying council tax.
- Council tax energy rebate payment - the discretionary energy rebate scheme for households within council tax bands E to H is now open
- GOV.UK - Universal Credit - monthly payment to help with your living costs if you are of working age. If you don't have enough to live on while you wait for your first payment (or first payment after notifying of a change in circumstances) you may be able to get an advance of your first Universal Credit payment.
- Housing benefit - If you are on a low income, even if you are working, you may be able to get help with your rental costs.
- GOV.UK: Help for Households - information on the cost-of-living support from the government that you could be eligible for
- GOV.UK: Cost of living support - find out what support is available to help with the cost of living. This includes income and disability benefits, bills and allowances, childcare, housing and travel.
- Household Support Fund - information about the Winter 2022/23 Household Support Fund which will help ensure as many people as possible have all the essentials they need.
- Money navigator tool - Money Helper UK provides guidance based upon individual circumstances and help find support in your area.
- I'm worried about debt - support if you are struggling with debt
- Help in a crisis - local welfare provision providing support to people in crisis
- Healthy Start (NHS): How to apply - Get help to buy food and milk. The Healthy Start pre-paid card can be used to spend on healthy foods and to receive free vitamins for those who are pregnant and children under the age of four.
- Early Years funding for 3 and 4 year olds - entitlement is for all children aged up to three and four for up to 15 hours free childcare per week. Or 570 hours per annum, 38 weeks of the year
- 30 hours childcare offer - Parent info - for eligible families to extend their three and four year old funding up to 30 hours per week.
- Early years pupil premium - for early years providers delivering the funded hours to eligible three and four year olds. The payment goes to the setting to support your child.
- Travel by bus for just £2 or less - from 1 January - 31 March 2023, you can travel on most bus routes in the county for just £2 or less for a single fare.