This includes the end of the £20 Universal Credit uplift and rising energy prices. If you find yourself struggling or worrying about money, we can help with any difficulties you may have, or put you in touch with our specialist partner organisations.
Our welfare team are experts in benefits help and advice. We can do income maximisation calculations to check that you are receiving everything that you are entitled to, support you with claims that you may need to make, and more.
For debt advice, we can refer you to our external partner RAISE, who offer an independent, fully regulated, and free service to our customers.
We can look at helping you budget and find the best deal for your utility bills, as well as help you apply for any grants offered by utility companies, charities or local authorities.
The Department of Work and Pensions have admitted that the pandemic and staffing issues have caused backlogs in the state pension payments of those reaching the age of 66. If this affects you, you may qualify for an advance payment. Apply at www.gov.uk/short-term-benefit-advice
The Warm Home Discount gives you £140 off your electricity bill or a voucher for your prepayment meter if you get the guarantee credit part of Pension Credit or on a low income. If you were born on or before
September 26 1955, you should be eligible for a one-off Winter Fuel Payment; and there are other one-off payments available to people on benefits to pay for extra heating in prolonged cold weather. Search www.gov.uk for more details.
For more information or help applying for any of the issues on this page, contact the welfare team on 0800 169 2988 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.