Get help with money problems
Help for those struggling with the cost of living crisis and financial pressure.
Help with the cost of living crisis
The cost of living crisis is affecting many people in the UK. As we see increases in food and energy prices, millions of us are facing tough decisions about how we spend our money.
It can feel stressful and overwhelming, but there are things we can do.
To help manage the rising cost of living, you can find useful resources on this page, from help paying bills to benefits you may be entitled to.
If you’re struggling to pay for essentials such as rent, food and utility bills there are organisations that can provide you with information and support.
Turn2us free helpline:
0808 802 2000
(Monday to Friday, 9:00am - 5.30pm)
This page is available in Welsh (Cymraeg).
Find your local food bank
Food banks can help when you can’t afford the food you need. They usually give you enough food for three days, and the parcel may include essentials such as soap and deodorant. The Trussell Trust is the biggest foodbank provider in the UK.
Find cost of living support near you
Different types of support are available depending on where you live in the UK. As well as central and local government help, many local organisations such as churches, town halls, shops, pubs, and cafes are also offering warm hubs as well as food and drink.
Contact your local council, or check government advice to find out what financial and community support is available in your area.
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You can also call our support line on 0808 196 3651 (10am to 5pm Monday to Friday, 10am to 8pm Wednesday). Our volunteers will be able to find support for you, such as food banks in your area.
Find out more about the cost of living support available, if you’re eligible and how to make a claim on the UK government website.
What benefits am I entitled to?
Benefits and tax credits, like pension credit and universal credit, can be paid to certain people who are on low incomes or in difficult circumstances.
Get help with your energy bill
If you’re struggling to pay your energy bill there are ways to access support.
- Apply for the Warm Home Discount scheme, available to those receiving benefits or a low income.
- Check what support you could receive from your gas and electricity supplier by contacting them directly.
Reduce your broadband costs
For many of us, internet access is essential for day-to-day living. Things like applying for jobs, taking advantage of better prices and getting in touch with friends and family can be difficult without it.
It’s important to stay connected, but if you’re struggling with the rising costs of broadband you could:
Apply for a charitable grant
Charitable grants can be given as money, products or services and don't have to be paid back.
Or contact Turn2us who can provide free financial advice and support to people in the UK in crisis.
Call the free helpline: 0808 802 2000 (Monday to Friday, 9:00am - 5.30pm)
Debt help and advice
Dealing with money issues can be stressful and a problem we sometimes avoid. If you have mounting debt then it’s best to deal with it as soon as possible.
Emotional and wellbeing support
Money problems can quickly become overwhelming, affecting our mental and physical wellbeing. With the cost of living soaring, it’s important that you look after yourself and get the help you need.
Our wellbeing resources can help you manage feelings like stress, anxiety and worry.
If you need to speak to someone urgently, contact the Samaritans for free on 116 123 (Monday to Sunday at any time). For services in Welsh call 0808 164 0123 (Monday to Sunday 7:00pm to 11:00pm).