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Cost of Living Support

Cost-of-living support 

 

Find out what support is available to help you and your family get through the cost-of-living crisis. 

 

Let us know if you’re in financial difficulty 

In the first instance, please contact your child’s form tutor.

We know that many families are going through a tough time this winter and we want to do everything we can to help you and your child. If you’re struggling with your finances, please get in touch to let us know, as there may be things we can suggest which will help.

 

Contact your local Citizens Advice Bureau or Family Hub 
Citizen’s Advice Bureau (CAB) 

You don’t have to be a UK citizen to get support from your local CAB, you just need to be a resident of the local area. The CAB can help you with: 

  • Getting benefits or organising other financial support  
  • Accessing support for essential costs (food, bills, rent)

Visit the Citizens Advice website or contact your local branch to book an appointment.

Family Hub

Contact your local Family Hub to get help accessing all the support you might need as a family. Find your local hub

Check you’re paying the right amount of tax

Make sure you’re on the right tax code. If you aren’t you might be due a refund. Use the Money Saving Expert’s free tax code calculator to find out.

Claim any benefits you’re entitled to

Use one of these benefits calculators to determine whether there are any benefits you could be claiming:

You may be able to get benefits paid early if you need cash urgently – this is known as ‘a short-term benefit advance’. You will need to contact the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Check you’ve received all the government’s cost-of-living payments

The government’s cost-of-living payments are available for those receiving certain benefits or tax credits. You don’t need to apply for these – if you’re eligible the money should go straight into your account.

If you think you’re due a payment but haven’t received one, report a missing payment to the government here.

Be aware of scams! If you receive any emails, texts or phone calls asking you to fill in an application form or asking for your bank details to receive a cost-of-living payment, do not talk to them or send a reply. Get more information on cost-of-living scams on the Money Saving Expert’s website.

Find out what help you can get with your energy bills

Take a look at these resources from the British Gas Energy Trust and the Money Saving Expert.

Check if your child is entitled to free school meals (FSM)

If your child is eligible for FSM you need to get them registered. This will allow them to get a free meal at school, and we’ll get extra funding (known as the pupil premium) to support your child’s learning.
Go to this government website to check if your child is eligible. If they are, or if you’re not sure, https://www.gov.uk/apply-free-school-meals

See what other support you can get from your local authority

Local authorities have many schemes that you might be eligible for, including:

Get free or low-cost food

If you’re worried about not having enough food to feed your family, you’re not alone. There are a number of places offering support.

Free hygiene products

  • Food banks may offer free toiletries and sanitary products. Check with your local food bank to see what’s available.
  • Find the cheapest disposable sanitary products on Sanitary Saver

Replace or repair household items at a low cost or for free

Check if you can get broken household goods replaced or repaired by your local community.

Find a warm space to beat the chill

Some community spaces open their doors to provide a safe and warm space for a few hours. Many also offer hot drinks and wifi.
Looking for warm spaces | West Northamptonshire Council (westnorthants.gov.uk)
Find a warm bank on:

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