I know that pressures on household budgets are increasing right now, which is why this section of my website is here to help you find the resources and support in place to ease the pressures on the cost of living.
Household Support Fund
To provide financial help and support to those in need, the Government has made £3.9 million available to Worcestershire County Council. The support fund can be used for energy and water bills and other essentials such as heating.
Act on Energy is providing this service and can be contacted by:
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Phone: 0800 9882881
There are an incredible number of charities and organisations in Redditch which can support you in your time of need.
To help signpost you in right direction, I’ve put together a list of resources available to you.
Please do contact them for help and support by clicking here.
Local Council support
Council Tax Support
You may be able to get help if you are, or someone who lives with you is, on a low income or disabled.
You could get housing benefit to help pay your rent if you’re on a low income, unemployed or claim benefits.
Essential Living Fund
Redditch Borough Council’s Essential Living Fund can provide emergency help if a resident is facing a financial crisis.
Our fund can help with essential food and top up vouchers for gas and electric.
Discretionary Housing Payments
If your Housing Benefit or Housing Element of Universal Credit does not cover your rent you can apply for a Discretionary Housing Payment to help pay your rent.
What is the Government doing to help families with the cost of living?
Energy Bill Rebate
£400 off energy bills for households from this October.
This automatic, non-repayable discount will be applied in six instalments between October 2022 and March 2023 to help households through winter.
Cost of Living Payment
People on means tested benefits, including Universal Credit, Pension Credit & Tax Credits, will receive a £650 payment.
This will be made automatically in two instalments, one in summer and one in the autumn, and is in addition to the £400 discount on energy bills.
Disability Cost of Living Payment
Those on disability benefits will receive a one-off £150 payment in September to help with extra costs, such as for specialist equipment or transport.
This is in addition to the £650 Cost of Living Payment for disabled people who also receive means tested benefits.
Energy Bill Price Cap
The energy price cap continues to insulate households from even higher global gas prices, so families continue to pay lower bills for their electricity and gas than they otherwise would without it.
Council Tax Rebate
If you live in Council Tax bands A to D in England you’ll get £150 back from your Council Tax bill (4 out of 5 households in England)
Cold Weather Payments
£25 extra a week if you’re getting certain benefits is available during the winter when the temperature is zero or below for more than seven days.
Winter Fuel Payment
In the winter months pensioners can get between £100 and £300 to help pay heating bills.
Pensioner Cost of Living Payment
This winter, pensioners will also receive an extra one-off £300 Pensioner Cost of Living Payment. This will be paid as an automatic top-up to the Winter Fuel Payment.
Warm Home Discount
This autumn nearly three million low-income households are eligible for a £150 rebate on their winter electricity bills.