What is the cost of living crisis?
The cost of essential things like food, gas, electricity and petrol are going up quickly. Some people are being asked to pay more for their care as well.
As wages and benefits aren’t going up as quickly, paying for the things you need might become much more difficult.
Your money from wages or benefits may not cover as much as usual.
You might find it harder to pay for food.
Your weekly shopping might cost more than usual. This might mean you have to buy less
You may find the cost of energy to light and heat your home becomes more expensive.
In October the energy price cap changes. This means that energy companies will charge you more for gas and electricity during the winter. This is when most of us need to use more energy to keep our homes warm, or to cook hot food.
Finding it difficult to pay for essentials?
We have created some easy read information about the cost of living crisis. We also have information about the other organisations that can help.
Advice about your energy bills
Help with food
Food banks can give people food in an emergency and sometimes share fuel vouchers to help pay for gas and electricity. You usually need a referral to use a food bank - visit the Citizens Advice website for details.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there help for those living in their own home who pay care charges?
If you pay charges for care in your own home, your council should check that you have enough money to live on.
If you think that there are costs that were not looked at when your income was checked, you can ask for your council to look again.
Can I get support to pay my bills?
The Government has made money available to local councils to support people with their bills. This is called the ‘Household Support Grant’.
Contact your local council to see if there is any help for you.
What is the energy price cap?
The energy price cap is about how much energy companies can charge for gas and electricity.
It changes two times a year.
It went up in April 2022 and it will go up again in October 2022. This means that electricity and gas will be more expensive over the winter when most of us need to use more energy to keep our homes warm, or to cook hot food.