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 this winter 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:
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 Price Cap
£100 saving per year for 15 million households
Household Support Fund
£500 million to support millions of households in England
Winter Fuel Payments
£2 billion per year to over 11.4 million pensioners
Minimum Wage increased
A boost of £1,000 a year for full-time workers
Rent Arrears Payments
£65 million to help low-income households pay their rent
Working Allowance Increased
£500 more per year for claimants
UC Taper Reduced
Extra £1,000 a year for 2 million families
Energy Bill Rebate
Every UK household will get £200 off their energy bill in October, which will then be repaid back over 5 years
Cold Weather Payments
£25 per week towards energy bills
Council Tax Rebate
All UK households in Council Tax bands A-D will receive a £150 non-repayable Council Tax rebate.
Warm Home Discount
£140 rebate for 2.2 million households