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.
Central government financial support - 'Help for Households'
Cost of living payment
Households on means tested benefits, including Universal Credit, Pension Credit and Tax Credits, should have received a payment of £650 in 2022. This was made automatically in two installments, one in the summer 2022 and another in the autumn 2022. This was in addition to the £400 discount on energy bills.
Disability cost of living payment
From 20 September 2022, six million people who are paid certain disability benefits should have received an automatic one-off £150 payment. The payment aimed to 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 was 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 are eligible to receive between £100 and £300 to help pay heating bills.
Last winter (2022/2023), they received an extra one-off £300 pensioner cost of living payment, which was paid as an automatic top-up to the winter fuel payment.
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.
Household support fund
This fund is temporarily unavailable.
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.