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Date updated: 21/11/2022

Benefits, Universal Credit, Winter Fuel Payments and more are available to help you pay your rent, bills and other costs.

Are you facing or already affected by homelessness?

If you are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, there may be support available to you. You will need to complete a self-referral.

Claiming benefits and Universal Credit

You may be able to claim benefits and universal credit if you aren’t already. Once claiming you will be able to get access to many other forms of support such as help with NHS costs, help with bills and more.

Need help with childcare costs?

There are a range of options available to parents in need of help with childcare costs. They can be found listed on our help with childcare costs web page.

Other benefits and money support from the Government

If you have recently experienced a bereavement, please visit our Bereavement Support web page for help and services.

Further discretionary support with housing costs

If you are claiming housing benefits or Universal Credit you may be able to apply for a Discretionary Housing Payment. The payments are given to help you pay your rent.

Winter fuel payments

This year anyone that normally gets the winter fuel payment for pensioners will get an extra one off-payment of £300. This will be paid automatically.

The Priority Services Register

The Priority Services Register is a free support service that makes sure extra help is available to people in vulnerable situations.

General help for households

GOV.UK's Help for Households campaign has advice and support on lots of household costs, including bills, childcare, and benefits.

Social tariffs could save you money on broadband and mobile bills

Social tariffs are cheaper broadband and phone packages for people claiming Universal Credit, Pension Credit and some other benefits.

Cost of Living support