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Cost of living help

Are you worried about the rising cost of energy bills, food and transport?

Whatever your money worries may be, we've put together some information to help you.

Other assistance

  • Local support directory

    View our directory of all local support available including places to go to keep warm, who can help with food and essentials, and organisations that can give you advice and information.

  • Community grocery

    Blackpool now has a community food shop, where you can get groceries for a reduced amount. You need to sign up to become an annual member (at a small cost of £5). You will then have access to three weekly shops.

    His Provision CIC

    You purchase £5-£10 worth of tins or packaged food, toiletries or cleaning items offered at supermarket prices or below, then choose from a selection of free products including bakery, fruit and veg, dairy, fresh and frozen food – minimum value will be £15

    Visit the Life Centre, Raikes Parade, FY1 4EY

    • Tuesday 12.30pm to 2.00pm
    • Wednesday 11.00am to 12.30pm
    • Thursday 12.30pm to 2.00pm

    Or

    Visit the mobile pantry:

    • Claremont Community Centre on Tuesday 1.00pm to 2.30pm
    • Argosy Court on Thursday 9.30am to 11.00am
    • Ibbotson Court on Thursday 12.30pm to 2.00pm
  • Free school meals

    Free school meals in Blackpool are available for families on certain benefits.

    All Blackpool primary school children are entitled to a free breakfast under a scheme to improve the health and well-being of the town's young residents.

  • Jobs and skills support

    Positive Steps into Work is a Blackpool Council service designed to get unemployed people back into work and, at the same time, help local businesses to recruit local people into their jobs.

    It's all part of our commitment to regenerating Blackpool and making it a better place to live, work and do business.

  • Energy saving advice

    Cosy Homes in Lancashire (CHiL) provides help with access to cost effective ways of keeping your home warm whether you own or privately rent. Other help and advice on grants to improve the energy efficieny of your home are available on the inuslation and boiler grants section of our website.

    Warm and Healthy Homes Project supports households of all tenures. Care & Repair's free service will run for two years to help ensure Blackpool residents can save money and stay warm at home. More information on the Warm and Healthy Homes Project.

    The Energy Saving Trust website has a range of helpful advice and guidance to help you save on your energy costs.

    The government's household energy page will give you suggestions on alterations you can make to your home that can help you save on your energy usage.

    Money Saving Expert website also has a wide range of energy saving tips to help you reduce your costs.

    Using less hot water has the added benefit of lowering energy bills too. Examples of annual savings are shown below:

    • Reducing each person's daily shower from 10 minutes to 5 minutes - £740
    • Cutting out two dishwasher runs per week by only running with full loads - £76
    • Cutting out two washing machine runs per week by only running with full loads - £37
    • Fixing a leaking toilet - £300
    • Turning off the tap while brushing teeth - £100
    • Fixing a dripping tap - £17
  • Mental health support

    Is the cost of living problem making you feel anxious?

    We know that worrying about bills can have a negative effect on your health so below are some links, which you may find useful.

  • Transport costs

    If you need to cut transport costs? Have you thought about sharing a car journey? Shared Wheels will help you find people to share your journey with

  • Keeping warm and safe

    Winter Warm Club @thegrange

    For residents of Grange Park

    Daily Monday to Friday 9.00am to 4.00pm

    @thegrange
    Bathurst Avenue
    Blackpool
    FY3 7RW

    Telephone: 01253 478301


    The club is aimed at all ages and includes measures to help support the community during the cost of living crisis.

    You need to register in advance and in return you will receive a range of benefits including:

    Financial support

    • Free use of 3 tumble dryers
    • A home audit looking at energy and water savings
    • 1 on 1 financial advice

    Food

    • A daily discounted hot meal available
    • Access to food pantry

    Feel good

    • New community barbers
    • Free exercise classes
    • Mums and tots exercise class
    • Zumba classes
    • Ballroom dancing

    Activities

    • Board and card games
    • Pamper days
    • Arts and crafts classes
    • Bingo
    • Organised local trips
    • TV and film club
  • Food and drink costs

    Asda

    Asda cafes are offering over 60's soup, a roll and unlimited tea and coffee for £1 in it's cafes throughout November and December.

    They are also offering a hot or cold meal for children under 16 for £1 at any time of day, 7 days a week with no minimum adult spend until the end of 2022.

    Morrisons

    Morrisons are offering a free meal for 1 child under 16 when buying an adult meal with a value of £4.99 or over at it's in-store cafes.

  • Help with broadband costs

    If you are on benefits you may be due cheap, long-term 'social tariffs'

    Check out the tariffs on Money Saving Expert

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