Over the last few months, many of us have noticed gradual increases in the cost of everyday bills. Whether this is the price of our weekly shop, filling the car with fuel, or heating our homes. Costs seem set to continue to increase, and this may cause you further strain or anxiety.
We have created this page to help you find out about and access support you might be entitled to, hopefully helping you in the months ahead. This page draws from information published by the Government, other charities, and the wider Church. We'll update this page as new information that might help becomes available.
Help with energy bills
On the 8th September, the Government announced plans for a new Energy Price Guarantee for UK households (which will take effect from 1 October 2022 for 2 years), in addition to the support schemes announced earlier this year. For more details, please look at the Energy bills support factsheet: 8 September 2022 - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).
As we head towards the winter, you might also be able to apply for further payments towards the cost of heating your home, depending on your personal circumstances. Please go to Grants and benefits to help you pay your energy bills - Citizens Advice, to find out more about the targeted help available from the Government and local authorities (e.g. the Winter Fuel and Cold Weather payments).
To find out if any local grants are available in your area, including for improving the energy efficiency of your home, head to Home energy grants — Simple Energy Advice
General tips and guidance
Tips and advice from Age UK on saving energy around your home can be found here, ageukig30_save_energy_pay_less_inf.pdf
Help with other bills and costs
Pensions Board help
If you are retired, and struggling financially but you are not sure that you are in receipt of all the State benefits, you might be entitled to, please get in touch with us:
Email - [email protected]
Phone - 020 7898 1824.
We can help by looking at your financial situation, the benefits you are already in receipt of, and any other help that you might be able to access from the Church and other charities. For more information, please refer to:
The Pensions Board also offers some grants to help those in retirement who are on low income and have limited savings. More information is available here.
Earlier this year, the Church of England announced that it would make additional funding available to help clergy, and others involved in ministry and mission locally, with rising costs. Up to £3 million to boost diocesan discretionary funds in face of rising cost of living | The Church of England
For more details as to what help is available locally within the Church, please get in touch with your Diocese.
The Government recently announced that an extra payment will be made to help those in receipt of certain benefits with everyday bills. Cost of Living Payment - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
General tips and guidance
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The MoneyHelper website offers tips and guidance to help with managing your personal finances across a range of topics. Free and impartial help with money, backed by the government | MoneyHelper
This website has a section around Managing your money in uncertain times | MoneyHelper, including help with managing bills and payments.