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 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.
Contact the Mencap Helpline for more information
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 the Mencap Helpline 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 started on 1 October 2022 and will last until April 2024. However, the limit will go up after 30 June 2023.
The amount you'll pay depends on how much gas and electricity you use.
You don’t need to do anything. The Energy Price Guarantee automatically applies to all types of energy tariffs.
Can my council take any of this money into account for social care charges?
Many people with a learning disability who get social care support from their council have to pay money in charges towards their care.
The government has said that people get to keep all of the cost of living payments and councils cannot take the payments into account for social care charges.
The government has put this into with new regulations, The Care and Support (Charging and Assessment of Resources) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2022.