Cost of Living Support

The impact is biting for the SMA Community, many of whom find it hard to keep warm and who rely on energy to power essential equipment. The links below give information about what schemes and grants are out there and also offer other advice.

At a glance - Guide to cost-of-living support (13th June 2022). This guide from Social Welfare Training summarises the main grants and payment that should be coming through.

Released on 22nd June 2022, National charity Contact have gathered information from the Government about the pay dates for their Cost of Living support package, that were announced back in May. You can read this here

Schemes and Grants

  • Ofgem: Help with high energy bills including where to get advice, payment plans, schemes, grants and benefits, and debt support.
     
  • Charis: recommended by Ofgem for individuals -  guidance, grant & benefits eligibility checks and will support you through applications.
     
  • Council tax rebate if you’re responsible for paying council tax and your home is in Bands A - D, you should receive an automatic refund of £150. If your home is in a higher band and you’re on a low income it may also be possible to claim a rebate. If you’re a tenant, talk to you landlord. Find your local council.
     
  • Pre-payment meters – you may be able to claim temporary credit if you can’t afford to top up your meter. For more information see this Citizens Advice page.
     
  • Fuel Bank Foundation: Help for individuals
     

Other organisations offering advice: