Help with living costs

We know times are tough right now and we’re on your side through the cost of living crisis.

You can get support from the council, local charities, and community groups.

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Benefit and housing support

Universal Credit

Find out what Universal Credit is, what benefits you're eligible for and how to apply.

Universal Credit

Council Tax Support

Information on how much your Council Tax bill could be reduced and how to apply.

Council Tax Support

Discounts and exemptions

Find out what Council Tax discounts and exemptions you could be eligible for.

Discounts and exemptions

Housing Benefit

The following sections provide information on Housing Benefit, eligibility and how to apply.

Housing Benefit

Housing advice and homelessness prevention

Find information about how to avoid homelessness or what to do if you are homeless.

Housing advice and homelessness prevention

Finances and housing

Information and support for housing costs.

Finances and housing

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Money and help

Homes and Money Hubs

Find out what services are on offer from the two hubs in the borough.

Homes and Money Hubs

Help with debt

We're here to offer support and advice for any debt issues.

Help with debt

Hardship payment schemes

Information on hardship support schemes, including Individual Assistance Payment, and how to apply.

Hardship payment schemes

Help finding work (Job Shop)

The Job Shop is a free service to help you get a job, improve your skills and widen your job and career options.

Help finding work (Job Shop)

Free mobile data, calls and messages

If you're on a low income you might be eligible for free mobile data, calls and text for up to six months.

Free mobile data, calls and messages

Help paying your business rates

Information about eligibility for relief and reductions in your business rates and how to apply.

Help paying your business rates

Reduce your waste

There are many ways you can reduce the amount of household waste you produce to help save money and protect the environment.

Reduce your waste

Travel and transport passes and permits

If you find it difficult to get around, there are several different travel options and services that can make travel easier or free.

Travel and transport passes and permits

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Family support

Local offer

For children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) or who are disabled (SEND).

Local offer

Family information service

Information about our family information service.

Family information service

List of children's centres

The children's centres in the borough.

List of children's centres

Free early learning

Find out about various free early learning options.

Free early learning

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Food services

Community food clubs

You could reduce your food shopping bill by having access to roughly £20 worth of shopping each week.

Community food clubs

Foodbanks

Get emergency food parcels if you are temporarily unable to provide for yourself.

Foodbanks

Free school meals (Pupil Premium)

Information on free school meals and how to apply.

Free school meals (Pupil Premium)

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Health advice

Mental health

Your mental health and wellbeing is just as important as your physical health and wellbeing.

Mental health

NewMe Healthy Lifestyle

Get FREE local support with exercising, eating healthy and stopping smoking.

NewMe Healthy Lifestyle

Stop smoking

Giving up smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health and your finances.

Stop smoking

Domestic abuse and sexual violence

If you're being abused, threatened, physically or sexually assaulted by a partner, former partner, or a family member, that is domestic violence.

Domestic abuse and sexual violence

Keeping warm

You should not have to worry about the cost of fuel to heat your home. We can offer advice on how to deal with the rising costs of electricity and gas, we may be able to help you. 

Keeping warm

Cosy homes scheme

We want to make sure that your home is as warm as it can be this winter.

Cosy homes scheme