Help with living costs

You may be struggling with living costs for a range of reasons. Find out what support is available and get advice.

Help for households available from central Government

Emergency financial help

Support and financial help if you are in hardship and cannot pay your living costs

Food support

Help with getting food including free school meals and local food banks

Free vouchers

If your child gets free school meals you will also receive a monthly cost of living voucher

More support

Get local support

Your local district, borough or city council could help you

Support for mental health

Organisations that can help if you are suffering from stress, anxiety, depression or other mental wellbeing problems

Starting from scratch

Help and advice on setting up a new home and finding furniture and household items on a budget
Find out how we've been spending the Government's Household Support Fund to help people struggling with everyday costs.