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The cost of living has increased - this means the price of food and essentials has increased, as well as the cost of energy, which means your bills are higher too.

Most people have been affected and you might be worried about what this means to you. That's why we've put together some resources to help you navigate this stressful time.

Helplines, advice and online support for coping with the cost of living crisis


Provides a free helpline with independent advice and support for disabled people and their families: 0808 800 3333.


Provide benefits advice and grants you could be able to apply for. They also have an online benefits calculator.

Repair Cafes

Repair Cafés are free. You can bring in broken items which an expert volunteer will help you fix. They can help with clothes, furniture, electrical appliances, bicycles, crockery, appliances and toys.

Martin Lewis, MoneySavingExpert

Martin Lewis has created an online guide with 90 ways to save money during the crisis.

National Energy Action

Provide advice and support on paying your energy bills: 0800 304 7159.

Trussell Trust

Coordinate a network of food banks across the UK.

Step Change

Free debt advice over the phone or online: 0800 138 1111

If you're currently struggling with debt, talk to to a debt advisor from an organisation like Citizens Advice or Step Change.

The following energy suppliers offer grants to their customers:

  • British Gas Energy Support Fund
  • Scottish Power Hardship Fund
  • Ovo Energy Fund
  • E.ON Energy Fund
  • E.ON Next Energy Fund
  • EDF Energy Customer Support Fund
  • Bulb Energy Fund
  • Octopus ‘Octo Assist Fund’

If you can’t get a grant from your supplier, you might be able to get a grant from the British Gas Energy Trust. These grants are available to anyone - you don’t have to be a British Gas customer. You’ll need to get debt advice before applying.

Get advice and support from a Glass Door caseworker at one of our partner day centres

Find out more about our Cost of Living crisis appeal

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