The government and some service providers have schemes to help you pay your bills.
You may be entitled to more than one of these schemes and many payments are tax-free.
Cost of Living Payment
Households on some benefits, including UC, Pension Credit and Tax Credits, will automatically receive a tax-free payment of £650.
You will get one payment in summer and another in autumn. This payment is on top of other schemes.
Energy Bills Support Scheme
Every household will automatically have £400 taken from their energy bills in October.
This is a grant from the government which doesn't need to be paid back.
Disability Cost of Living Payment
Those claiming disability benefits will receive a one-off £150 payment in September to help with extra costs.
Winter fuel payments and Pensioner Cost of Living Payment
Some pensioners are entitled to between £100 and £300 to help pay heating bills in winter months.
Those who are entitled will automatically extra £300 Pensioner Cost of Living Payment this winter on top of their usual fuel payment.
Council Tax rebate
If you live in Council Tax bands A to D in England you’ll get £150 back from your Council Tax bill.
If you pay your Council Tax by direct debit then you should have received this automatically.
You can get up to £500 every 3 months (up to £2,000 a year) for each of your children to help with the cost of childcare.
30 hours free childcare
Eligible working families in England with 3 and 4 year old children can receive 30 hours of free childcare a week.
15 hours free childcare
If you have a 2 year old child/ren and are on certain benefits you may be able to get get 15 hours of free childcare a week.
All families with children aged 3 and 4 can also access 15 hours of free childcare a week.
You can claim Child Benefit if you’re responsible for bringing up a child who is:
- under 16
- under 20 if they stay in approved education or training
Only one person can get Child Benefit for a child.
It’s paid every 4 weeks and there’s no limit to how many children you can claim for.
Claim back childcare costs
You may be able to claim back up to 85% of your childcare costs if you’re eligible for Universal Credit, with up to £646 back each month for one child or £1,108 for 2 or more children.
Apply for free school meals
Free school meals are available to pupils if parents get certain benefits.
Holiday activities and food programme
You can get access to free activities and food for your children in the holidays if they receive free school meals.
Claim Healthy Start vouchers
If you’re more than 10 weeks pregnant or have a child under 4, you may be able to get help to buy healthy food and milk.
Get help with maternity costs
You could claim a one-off payment of £500 to help towards the costs of having a child.
Cold weather payments
You may be entitled to £25 extra a week if you’re getting certain benefits during the winter when the temperature is zero or below for more than seven days.
Warm Home Discount
Some low-income households may be entitled to a £150 rebate on their winter electricity bills.
0% VAT on energy saving materials
If you install energy saving materials (eg thermal insulation or solar panels) within the next five years you won't pay VAT.
It's worth considering if you are able as it'll make your home more efficient and save money on bills.
Household Support Fund
County Councils have been given a pot of money to help the vulnerable cover daily essentials.
You may be eligible for a Budgeting Loan if you’ve been on certain benefits for 6 months. This can be used for household items, rent in advance and travelling costs.
Cheaper phone and broadband
If you're struggling to afford your phone and broadband bills you may be able to join a 'social tariff'.
Help paying your Water Bill
If you're struggling to pay your water bill Severn Trent have a range of support measures including the Financial Hardship Fund, Bill Cap Scheme and support if you're living alone.
TV Licence fee freeze
The TV licence fee has been frozen at £159 until 2024. This means households will not see any change to the licence fee until 1 April 2024.
Cutting fuel duty
Fuel duty for petrol and diesel has been cut by 5 pence per litre across the whole of the UK until March 2023. It saves £100 for the average car driver, £200 for the average van driver and £1,500 for the average haulier.
Save 1/3rd on rail journeys
You can get up to a third off train fares with a railcard in Great Britain, saving up to £142 a year on average.
50% off travel if you’re on Universal Credit
You may be eligible for a Jobcentre Plus Travel Discount Card if you’re on Universal Credit.
In England you can get a bus pass for free travel when you reach the State Pension age.
If you’re disabled then you may be eligible for a disabled person’s pass.