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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.

Help with energy costs

The government have recently announced a package of measures to help with the cost of living. These are not loans and you do not need to apply for them, they will be sent directly to eligible residents over the coming months. They include:

  • A £150 payment to eligible properties in Council Tax Bands A to D. Most of these payments have now been made
  • All households with a domestic electricity connection will be automatically eligible for a £400 grant, including those with pre-payment meters
  • Households in receipt of Universal Credit, Income-based Jobseekers Allowance, Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support, Working Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and Pension Credit will also receive a one-off £650 cost of living payment. This payment will be made in two instalments–one in July and the second in the autumn
  • Households who receive the Winter Fuel Payment will be eligible for £300
  • People receiving Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payment, Attendance Allowance, Armed Forces Independence Payment, Constant Attendance Allowance, and War Pension Mobility Supplement will receive £150

Household Support Fund

Assistance with energy arrears is available until the end September 2022.

Benefits available

Are you claiming all the benefits you should be?

To see if you are entitled to any other benefits please use our calculator

Help with debt

Debt advice 

Emergency assistance with food, gas or electric

The Blackpool discretionary support scheme can provide assistance to vulnerable people who need:

  • Short term emergency support
  • Help to become established or maintain independence in the community

Other assistance

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.

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

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.

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