Cost of living support
We understand for many this is a challenging time. Find support, information, advice and guidance to help you and your family, friends and communities using the menu tabs below.
Help for Households
Help for Households is a website set up by the government offering details of what support you could be eligible for e.g. support with income, childcare costs and finding work.
Select a drop down box for more information, advice or support on:
To provide further support during the cost of living pressures, our benefits team now offer face to face advice sessions at various locations across the county.
The team are happy to help with any queries you may have regarding your benefit entitlement.
They offer advice, guidance and ‘better off’ calculations to ensure you are receiving the benefits you are entitled to, to help maximise your income.
These are free, drop in sessions, so no need to book. The dates/venues are:
- Hucknall Library, South Street, Hucknall, NG15 7BS - fortnightly on Mondays from 14 August. 10am-12pm
- Trowell Court Community Centre, 15 Trowell Court, Mansfield NG18 4NT - fortnightly on Wednesdays from 26 July. 9:30am-11:30am
- Harworth & Bircotes Town Hall, Scrooby Road DN11 8JP - fortnightly on Thursdays from 27 July. 10am-12pm
- Cleveland Close Community Centre, Carlton In Lindrick, S81 9BG - first Tuesday of each month starting 1 August. 10am-12pm
- Newstead Community Centre, Tilford Road, Newstead Village. NG15 0BS - fortnightly on Tuesdays from 25 July. 10:30am-12:30pm
Cost of living booklet
Our booklet provides contact numbers for advice and schemes to help with bills.
Savings for those with combi-boilers
Did you know changing one setting on a combi boiler could help you save up to around £250 on heating bills a year?
Watch the video below to find out how:
If you need a helping hand to make this adjustment or have a vulnerable family member or friend who might benefit, we have partnered up with Nottingham Energy Partnership to help those most in need.
To get a free home visit from an expert who will also share other tips on keeping warm in the home contact
- Let’s Optimise your Heating
- Or call 0115 985 3006
The Nottinghamshire Household Support Fund (HSF) Phase 3
The Government has extended the Household Support Fund (HSF) to March 2023. For this phase, a one-off Winter Support payment worth on average around £100 for each eligible household to use towards energy and food bills.
Cheaper broadband and phone deals
Those entitled to benefits may be able to apply for cheaper broadband and phone deals
Severn Trent Water Big Difference Scheme
Severn Trent's Water Big Difference Scheme helps reduce the amount you pay for your bill. The scheme is based on household income eligibility criteria.
British Gas Energy Trust
British Gas have hardship funds for existing and non-customers to help with gas and electric debt.
Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP)
If you are claiming Housing Benefit a discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) can be applied.
If you are behind on rent, the charity Shelter may be able to help.
Fuel direct scheme
If you’re struggling to pay for your energy and you’re on certain benefits, you may be able pay directly from your benefit payments instead. This arrangement is called Fuel Direct. Contact your local Job Centre for more details.
If you are looking for energy grants, Charis may be able to help find grants for certain energy suppliers.
Prepayment meter credit
If you use a prepayment meter for electricity or gas ask your supplier for temporary credit, or contact your local council for a fuel voucher.
Help with your TV Licence
The Simple Payment Plan was created for those in financial difficulty.
Qualifying customers can choose from either a fortnightly or monthly payment plan that spreads the cost of a TV Licence over 12 months, this means you make smaller payments more frequently, helping you to better manage your finances.
TV Licensing accepts referrals to the Simple Payment Plan from not-for-profit organisations such as charities or your local authority money advice department. It cannot accept referrals from commercial organisations.
There are other TV licence concessions, which you might be eligible for depending on your circumstance.
There are concessions available for:
- People who are aged 75 or over and receive Pension Credit
- People who are blind (severely sight impaired)
- People who live in qualifying residential care and are disabled or over 60 and retired
Warm Home Discount Scheme
The Government Warm Home Discount Scheme offers money off your electricity bill till March 2023.
Childcare costs support information
Our booklet provides information on where to get advice on support for childcare costs.
There is a range of support available to help with childcare costs, subject to eligibility.
Money support and help with benefits
Our booklets provide information on where to get advice for money support and help with benefits.
Worried about money?
Access free and impartial advice for managing your money in uncertain times through Money Helper's Help with the cost of living. This scheme is backed by the government.
Online debt advice services
Online services are secure and you can get immediate, personalised help. Some services are available 24 hours a day.
- Money Adviser Network - Money Helper
- StepChange Debt Charity - Free Expert Debt Advice.
- Financial Wellness Group
- National Debtline offers free debt advice online through its digital advice tool and its web guides, fact sheets and sample letters.
- PayPlan | Free Debt Advice and Free Debt Management. IVAs and DMPs
Our booklet provides information on where to get advice for help with food.
Find a local food bank in your area.
Free school meals
The Holiday Activities and Food programme (HAF)
HAF supports children that receive benefits-related free school meals during school holidays providing activities and food.
If you need urgent mental health support, call the Nottinghamshire Mental Health Crisis Line on 0808 196 3779 (24/7).
Mental health and wellbeing support
This booklet gives you information and advice on support for mental health and wellbeing.
There are a range of mental wellbeing services and support available locally in Nottinghamshire for both adults and children.
The Mental Health Breathing Space (MHBS)
Scheme run by the Money and Pensions Service (MaPS) to provide support to individuals who are indebt and receiving mental health crisis treatment. Guidance on mental health crisis breathing space [PDF]
Emotional support, information, advice, and guidance on any aspect of parenting and family life. Call 0808 800 2222.
Family Action transforms lives by providing practical, emotional and financial support to those who are experiencing poverty, disadvantage and social isolation across the country. Family Action, Building stronger families
During times of financial pressure, it’s easy for relationships to be put under stress.
If you’re a parent – whether living with your partner or separated, take a look at our online support through Nottshelpyourself called Relationships Really Matter.
If you’re not a parent – take a look at Relate.
Disagreements and arguments are normal parts of relationships. They are different from domestic abuse. If you’re worried about domestic abuse, see Domestic abuse and sexual violence support
Where to go for help
Our booklet provides advice on where to go for support from local councils and groups.
Find out about community hubs, warm spaces and more in your local area:
- Ashfield District Council Cost of living support - Ashfield District Council
- Bassetlaw District Council - Cost of living | Bassetlaw District Council
- Broxtowe Borough Council - Cost of living : Broxtowe Borough Council
- Gedling Borough Council - Cost of living support - Gedling Borough Council
- Mansfield District Council - Cost of Living – Mansfield District Council
- Newark and Sherwood District Council - Here to help | Newark & Sherwood District Council (newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk)
- Rushcliffe Borough Council - Cost of living - Rushcliffe Borough Council
Support for veterans
Royal British Legion Cost of Living Grants
Open to those eligible for our support struggling to pay for items and services they need. Cost of Living Grants
Blue Light Together
The place for UK emergency services staff, volunteers, retirees and friends and family to find information, ideas and support to help look after your mental health. Blue Light Together
Prefer to have a printed copy of the main information included on this webpage?
These four A4-size pages can be printed off double-sided to fold into your own cost-of-living booklet.
- Cost of Living Booklet - Printer friendly version in black and white [PDF]
- Cost of Living Booklet - Colour print [PDF]
Our cost of living booklet is available at libraries and children's centres and will be available at cost of living events.
You may prefer to print off an individual section:
- Cost of Living Booklet - Help with bills [PDF]
- Cost of Living Booklet - Childcare costs support [PDF]
- Cost of Living Booklet - Money support [PDF]
- Cost of Living Booklet - Help with benefits [PDF]
- Cost of Living Booklet - Food help [PDF]
- Cost of Living Booklet - Mental health and wellbeing support [PDF]
- Cost of Living Booklet - Where to go for help [PDF]
Help for Community groups
Local Communities Fund - next round open in Autumn 2023- date TBC
Two sets of Cost of living grants of up to £5,000 are available for voluntary and community groups across Nottinghamshire.
Councillors’ divisional fund
Every County Councillor has £5,000 to spend on projects, people and organisations in their local area.
Further support for community groups
Access advice on finding funding pots, DBS checks, development and more
Receive our community support email bulletins
Get regular email updates about information on grants and support for local community and voluntary organisations.