January 16, 2023

Cold Weather Payment – Support for times of cold weather

You may get a Cold Weather Payment if you’re getting certain benefits or Support for Mortgage Interest. You’ll get a payment if the average temperature in your area is recorded as, or forecast to be, zero degrees celsius or below over 7 consecutive days. You’ll get £25 for each 7 day period of very cold weather between 1 November and 31 March. Cold Weather Payments are different to Winter Fuel Payments. https://www.gov.uk/cold-weather-payment
January 16, 2023

Council Household support fund

Vulnerable households across the country will be able to access a new £500m support fund to help them with essentials over the coming months as the country continues its recovery from the pandemic. This fund will run over winter and those in need of support should contact their local council who will help them access the fund. https://www.gov.uk/find-local-council
January 16, 2023

The Rose Vouchers project – For pregnant people and children under 4

This project helps families on low incomes to buy fresh fruit and vegetables. To be eligible families need to meet the criteria for the Healthy Start voucher scheme. Eligible families receive £3 of Rose Vouchers every week for each child, or £6 if the child is under one year old. The vouchers can be obtained from local children’s centres and can be used a range of locations https://www.alexandrarose.org.uk/rose-vouchers/how-to-get-rose-vouchers/
January 16, 2023

Government Energy Price Cap – Understand the £2,500 cap

The Government has announced an Energy Price Guarantee limiting the amount a supplier can charge for a unit of energy. This means from 1 October a typical household will pay no more than £2,500 per year for the next two years. This is in addition to the £400 payment households will receive under the Government’s Energy Bills Support Scheme. https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/utilities/energy-price-guarantee/
January 16, 2023

Discretionary Hardship Grant (hackney)

This can help towards the costs of food, utilities, household items, travel, and phone and internet access for those who have suffered a sudden financial shock or face unexpected costs and require emergency help. You must already be receiving Council Tax Reduction and still be in hardship to receive this payment. It is awarded on a case-by-case basis. Tel: 0208 356 3000 and ask to apply for ‘discretionary crisis support’. https://hackney.gov.uk/discretionary-hardship-scheme
January 16, 2023

The Mayor of London’s Warmer Homes programme

Programme provides free heating, insulation and ventilation improvements for low income Londoners who own their own homes or rent privately. Grants of between £5,000 and £25,000 are available to eligible low income homeowners and private tenants, with funding amounts depending on your existing energy efficiency rating, your tenure and your current fuel type (i.e. gas, electricity, oil or LPG). Applicants need to provide info showing they are (or their tenant is) eligible and details about the property. https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/housing-and-land/improving-quality/warmer-homes
January 16, 2023

Pension Credit

if you are over the State Pension age and on a low income, this gives you extra support with your living and housing costs. If you receive Pension Credit you can also get other help, such as: • Housing Benefit • Support for mortgage interest payments • a Council Tax discount • a free TV licence if you’re aged 75 or over • help with NHS dental treatment, glasses and transport costs for hospital appointments You can apply for Pension Credit up to four months before you reach the State Pension age. Eligible claims made after you reach state pension age will only be backdated by three months. If you have already applied for your state pension you can apply for Pension Credits. Call: 0800 99 1234. Textphone: 0800 169 0133 Relay UK (if you cannot hear or speak on the phone): 18001 then 0800 99 1234 https://apply-for-pension-credit.service.gov.uk/start
January 16, 2023

Government Energy Rebate – Information

The £400 energy rebate will be made from October 2022 and will be knocked off your energy bill. You do not have to apply for it. The rebate will be paid automatically through If you use a pre-payment meter, the £400 will be applied to your meter or you will be given a voucher. If you rent your property, you will also get the payment, as long as you are paying the bills. If you are a tenant who pays rent to your landlord that includes bills, then you will not receive the energy bill rebate, unless your landlord passes it on by reducing your rent possibly. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cost-of-living-support/cost-of-living-support-factsheet-26-may-2022
January 16, 2023

Cost of Living Support payments – Government Information

A £650 one-off payment will be made to around eight million on low-income households in receipt of universal credit, tax credits, pension credit, and legacy benefits. The payments will be made directly into bank accounts in two tax-free installments, in July and then in autumn. It will not count towards the benefit cap. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cost-of-living-support/cost-of-living-support-factsheet-26-may-2022