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Updated 14 November 2023

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Cost of living support

We have brought together sources of support and advice to help you face rising costs. 

The government has announced the energy price cap (also called the Energy Price Guarantee) will be £1,834 per year for a typical household from October 2023 to December 2023.

This is not the maximum a household could be charged, but based on typical consumption. What is fixed is the price per unit of energy and the standing charge, so being conscious of your energy consumption can still help with your fuel bills.

If you’re struggling to pay your rent or bills, please contact us or get in touch with your usual SNG (Sovereign Network Group) contact to see how we might be able to help you.

Don’t be tempted by loan sharks Opens in new window, high-interest credit or store cards - they target people who are already struggling with rising costs and you could get stuck with unaffordable repayments.

Household Support Fund (HSF)

Councils have been allocated money to help the most vulnerable households with essential food and energy costs. Search on your local council’s Opens in new window website for details – conditions apply.

2023 cost of living payments for low income families

Eligible means-tested benefits claimants, including those on Universal Credit, Pension Credit and tax credits, are due two more cost of living payments direct to their bank account:

  • £300 – Second Cost of Living Payment – during Autumn 2023
  • £299 – Third Cost of Living Payment – during Spring 2024

There will also be a separate £300 for pensioners during Winter 2023/4 on top of their Winter Fuel Payments.  Find out more information on the cost of living payments Opens in new window.

Further information on support available

Please note that the information below was correct as at 3 April 2023

Support in your area


Money and debt

We can help with advice and support on claiming the right benefits, managing debt or making a budget. Or check out our tips and links to help lower your fuel bills and make your money go further. 

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Lower fuel bills

Help’s available from your supplier or Sovereign if you’re struggling to pay your energy bills. See links to grants and schemes, plus what to do if your energy supplier goes out of business. 

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Tips for looking after your home

A useful guide to key services in your home. From electrics to radiators and storage heaters; from the water supply to boiler problems or frozen pipes.

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