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Cost of Living support

We understand that you might be worried about the cost of living, so we want you to know that support is available to you.

Everyone’s situation will be different, but it’s important to know you're not alone. Here you'll find useful information and support during these challenging times.

The government has set up a handy Help for Households website with loads of support available to help you with the cost of living. For local welfare support, please check your local council website

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Support with energy

Discover what support is available to help you with your energy bills and some top tips to reduce your energy bills.

The government's Help for Households website also offers valuable guidance to help with the rising cost of energy bills.

If your energy provider is unable to help you or you're struggling, please contact our Money Advice and Financial Inclusion Teams and we can support you.

Access to emergency food

Do you or a loved one need help feeding your family this winter? Help is available. We've partnered with various foodbanks and organisations to offer food support in your area. 

You can search for your nearest food bank on The Trussell Trust’s website. 

Please get in touch if the foodbank near you needs a referral or if you can’t find help in your area. Our Money Advice and Financial Inclusion Teams can also link into funding and grants for emergency assistance.

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Stay warm this winter in warm spaces

Warm spaces are dedicated areas in public buildings that provide free heated spaces during the day. 

Warm Welcome UK also have over 3,000 registered organisations that are offering free, warm, welcoming spaces for the public this winter across the UK.

Support with money and benefits

Struggling to make ends meet? You're not alone. Our team can support you with benefit claims, maximise available income, manage a household budget and signpost to other support services to keep your finances in check. 

Check what benefits you may be eligible for and how much you could claim using our Benefits Calculator or help keep an eye on your outgoings with our Budgeting Tool.

If you're a Places for People Customer and you're having trouble paying your rent, please click here to complete a form and a member of our team will get in touch with you as soon as possible.

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Support with employment and training

Need help finding a job, getting onto training courses or even looking to learn new skills? We have several local and nationwide projects that could give you all the support you need. 

For other useful resources on skills and employability, please click here. The government's Finding a job webpage also offers valuable support and guidance to help you find work.

Support with your wellbeing

Your wellbeing is the most important thing to us, that's why we've put together a range of national and local projects and resources that are designed to improve your mental health and assist you in getting the right support. 

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Support with getting online

If you need support accessing a device or data to stay connected, we may be able to help. From phones and tablets to SIM cards and digital training, we can supply you with all the tools you need to get online. 

View our Cost of Living Easy Read guide

If you have additional needs or need information on the cost of living in an easy to understand way, you can view our Cost of Living Easy Read guide by downloading it below.  

Download our Cost of Living Easy Read Guide

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