There are many factors contributing to the U.K.’s deepening cost-of-living crisis. Here are a few ways the government is helping you get through this difficult time.
A large worry for most people across Britain is paying their energy bills, soaring power bills are leaving many people having to make desperate choices. Although through these summer months, heating is low on people's priorities, many are avoiding using their ovens and have even stopped switching on their TVs, computers and game consoles.
But the government has pledged to alleviate some of the pressure by supplying a £400 energy rebate to all households in the UK, in effect from October. The £400 rebate will replace the original £200 one announced earlier this year - and, unlike the first one announced, you do not have to pay this one back.
Learn more about receiving your energy rebate, here.
Along with energy support, the government’s initiative “Help for Households” is covering almost all aspects of everyday life. Learn more about the different areas being covered:
Income support - There may be benefits and financial support you qualify for including the level at which you pay National Insurance, pension credit or receiving Universal Credit. If you’re struggling to pay your tax bill, there are available options, including the Time to Pay arrangement. Learn more about all income support options here.
Family support - These benefits include tax-free childcare, free school meals, Healthy Start vouchers, as well as free childcare options for those who qualify. To see if any of the above benefits are applicable to you, take a look here.
Housing support - When it comes to household expenses, there are plenty of aspects the government is concerned about and offering help. From council tax rebates, cheaper phone and broadband options, to help with your water bill and covering all or part of your rent. These aspects of everyday life are where a lot of people are struggling, learn about the help available here.
Transport support - Fuel duty for petrol and diesel has been cut by 5 pence per litre across the whole of the UK until March 2023. There is also a 50% off travel if you’re on Universal Credit. If you’re needing help with your travel, learn more about these benefits here.
Work support - Having a job during these tough times is a must. If you’re looking for work, you can get personalised support, tips and advice to find your next opportunity through JobHelp. You can also search and apply for jobs across a range of industries on the site too. There’s also a great tax benefit for those who have spent money on work related items. Learn more here.
As inflation hits a 40-year-high, and people are struggling, it’s comforting to know that the government is here to help.
At Vonder co living London, our thoughts are with all those who are struggling with the cost-of-living crisis and we encourage you to click on the above links to find the help and support you need.