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Cost of living

We all know that costs are rising but help is available. The government is supporting residents in a variety of ways including:

  • Energy Bills Support Scheme: Domestic electricity customers in Great Britain will receive a £400 grant which will appear as a credit from energy suppliers from October 2022 onwards. This will not need to be repaid 
  • Winter Fuel Payment: If you were born on or before 25 September 1956 you could get between £250 and £600 to help you pay your heating bills 
  • Cost of Living Payment: Households on means tested benefits, including Universal Credit, Pension Credit and Tax Credits, will receive a payment of £650 this year 
  • Disability Cost of Living Payment: Individuals on disability benefits will receive a one-off £150 payment in September

These may change when the new Prime Minister is announced.

Further information can be found at

Anyone needing help or support for themselves, or their friends and family can contact Accommodation Concern who can provide free advice on money, housing and benefits. Tel 01536 416560  e-mail: