Financial support and help

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The rise in the cost of living is at the front of everyone’s minds at the moment. With spiralling energy and food costs, we’re all concerned about how it will affect us and our families. Everything seems to be going up and this is a real worry, especially if you are on a low income.

We want to reassure you that we are here to help and will do everything we can to help you get through this difficult period. Our staff, and the partner agencies we work with, can advise on everything that is available, from help with bills and rent to where to go for food vouchers if you're struggling to put food on the table.

We also have lots of hints and tips for reducing bills and helping to save money, so please keep an eye on our social media channels.

General support

  • Charis grants: Complete an online form with your supplier to see if you can get assistance with utility debt, bills or household items.
  • Citizens Advice: A network of independent charities that offer confidential advice online, over the phone, and in person, for free.
  • Help for Households: The government is offering help for households. See what cost of living support you could be eligible for.
  • Helping Hand: Available to help individuals or families in need, those on low incomes and those who are experiencing a financial emergency or crisis.
  • Money Saving Expert: Hints and tips on how to save money on your bills.
  • P3 Housing Support: A county-wide floating support service for people who need support to manage and maintain their accommodation if it is at risk.
  • Social tariffs: Cheaper broadband and phone packages - Ofcom
  • Broadband Savvy: How to save money on broadband bills

Energy Support

  • Better Housing Better Health: Help for Buckinghamshire residents to keep warm and well at home through improved energy efficiency, switching energy suppliers, or accessing financial support
  • British Gas Energy Trust: Individuals and families can apply for grants to clear domestic gas and electricity debts.
  • Thames Water: Financial and debt support schemes to help you with your water bill.
  • Warm Home Discount Scheme: You could get £150 off your electricity bill. 

Family support

  • Buckinghamshire Family Information Service: Information about benefits and schemes to help families on low incomes.
  • Cash for Kids: A grant-giving charity helping the children that need it most across the UK.
  • Government holiday help: The government has confirmed funding for holiday activities and a food programme for 2023, supporting hundreds of thousands of children from low-income families.
  • Family Fund services: End-to-end fulfilment service working with charities, local authorities and housing associations to make distributing support efficient and hassle-free.
  • Free school meals: Families on low incomes can apply for free school meals for their children.
  • Healthy Start: If you're pregnant or have a child under the age of four you could be eligible for help in buying food and milk.
  • Holiday Activity and Food (HAF) programme: Eligible children and young people can enjoy free, high quality holiday activities and experiences, with each session including a free meal.

Food support

Furniture help

  • High Wycombe Central Aid: Central Aid help local people who are in need and/or on a low income with basic essential furniture and electricals.
  • Thomas Hickman Charity: Can help people on low incomes with aids for living such as washing machines, carpets, cookers, and fridges.
  • Help with furniture or white goods - a list on the Buckinghamshire Council website of organisations who may be able to help.

If you're still not sure who to turn to, please get in touch with us via the portal and we'll be happy to help.