Many of us are concerned about the rising costs of everyday essentials such as energy, food, and other household expenses. If you’re struggling with the cost of living, this webpage aims to highlight support available and advice to lower your bills.
Help for households
The government is providing further support for households, including £400 off energy bills for all households from this October, and a cost of living payment of £650 for households on means tested benefits, including Universal Credit, Pension Credit and Tax Credits.
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. This will be made automatically in two instalments, one in summer and another in the autumn. This is in addition to the £400 discount on energy bills.
Disability cost of living payment
From 20 September 2022, 6 million people who are paid certain disability benefits will receive an automatic one-off £150 payment. The payment will help disabled people with the rising cost of living acknowledging the higher disability-related costs they often face, such as care and mobility needs.
This is in addition to the £650 cost of living payment for disabled people who also receive means tested benefits.
Pensioner cost of living payment
In the winter months pensioners can get between £100 and £300 to help pay heating bills.
This winter, they will also receive an extra one-off £300 pensioner cost of living payment, which will be paid as an automatic top-up to the winter fuel payment.
Council Tax energy rebate
We have already distributed the £150 non-repayable energy rebate for households living in Council Tax bands A to D. This was paid out automatically to residents who pay their Council Tax by direct debit and to the bank accounts of those residents who applied online.
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The government has also provided funding for billing authorities to operate a discretionary fund for households in need who would not otherwise be eligible. We have identified residents who fit this criteria and written to them.
Household support fund
£1.5 billion has been made available to support the most vulnerable to cover their essential daily costs, like energy bills. Eligible residents include pensioners and families with children.
Surrey crisis fund
The Surrey crisis fund is a discretionary fund run by Surrey County Council. It provides financial help to Surrey residents who have nowhere else to turn in an emergency or following a disaster. It also can provide assistance to set up a home in the community where no other funds or resources are available.
Energy price guarantee and the energy bills support scheme
Pre-payment meter customers are eligible for the full benefit of both the energy price guarantee and the energy bills support scheme.
The energy price guarantee will be applied to the rate you pay for each unit of energy, so the money you put on the meter will last longer. The discount will be applied automatically by your supplier. Make sure they have the right contact details for you.
Pre-payment meter customers are also entitled to the £400 energy bills support scheme. Eligible residents will receive the discount from the first week of each month. Your electricity supplier will let you know in advance how you will get your discount.
Help for members of the armed forces community
In response to increases in the cost of living, the Royal British Legion has launched everyday needs grant, providing up to £2,400 over 12 months for members of the armed forces community.