Cost of Living Crisis Quick links from Advice Dorset
This Article covers a list of places to seek support for the current cost of living crisis.
Make sure you are getting all the benefits you are entitled to. There are three reliable online ‘calculators’ – follow the link from the Government website
Citizens Advice helpline for Universal Credit claims: 0800 144 8444.
Government cost of living support factsheet link.
Local Authority administered help: £150 energy bills rebate (‘Council Tax rebate’) – now closed but “if you were identified as eligible for the scheme but failed to apply we will look to credit your Council Tax account before the end of September so that you don't miss out on the rebate”. Follow link for more information.
For info on Winter Fuel Payments, Warm Home Discount, help with childcare costs, etc, go to the Government’s Help for Households website.
For all other Government support follow link to cost of living page. Potential support includes:
- Energy Bills support scheme – £400 grant paid in 6 instalments from Oct 2022
- £650 Cost of Living Payment if on means tested benefits, paid in 2 instalments
- One-off £300 Pensioner Cost of Living Payment
150 Disability Cost of Living Payment (paid form 20 Sept 2022)
Money Saving Tips and Ways to Reduce your Bills
Help with Energy bills (grants etc) from Ofgem
Wessex Water - Help with bills
Citizens Advice – if you are struggling with living costs
Money Saving Expert – cost of living crisis ‘survival guide’ 90+ ways to save money
Money Helper – living on a squeezed income