Support and Advice:
If you are worried about the cost of living crisis there are a number of places you can get support and advice. Below are links to help access the most recent advice and guidance on offer:
Suffolk County Couincil have produced a Cost of Living Support Leaflet which is now available. We will get some hard copies for distribution to those in the village not IT enabled.
SUFFOLK COUNTY COUNCIL - cost of living guide.
BENEFITS CALCULATOR - check you are receiving all the benefits that you are entitled to - www.entitledto.co.uk
SUFFOLK INFOLINK - Suffolk Infolink Directory offers a wide range of help.
CITIZENS ADVICE - for information regarding immediate help with bills or shopping, Citizens Advice can help. They can also provide information regarding help with the HealthyStart Scheme, School costs and Travel costs.
GOVERNMENT COST OF LIVING SUPPORT - help with the cost of living, HM Government announced support packages. www.gov.uk/guidance/cost-of-living-payment.
HELP FOR HOUSEHOLDS - includes information on support that you may be eligible for including childcare costs, transport costs and finding work.
ENERGY BILLS SUPPORT SCHEME - As of 29th July 2022, HM Government have announced how the Energy Bills Support Scheme will work. The scheme aims to help ease the effect of rising energy prices with all households receiving a £400 discount on their bills. The BBC have also put together this helpful guide to explain when and how the payments will be made.
As of beginning of 2023 there is an additional service available as follows called the Home Energy Advice Service. The aim of this service is to support householders with free advice on energy.So far the service has helped over 40 householders with advice on practical measures to improve their home insulation and also more detailed advice on renewables such as solar panels and heat pumps. Good news is that this advice service can support another 60 householders before the end of March 2023. All the householders have to do is to either call us 01473 350370 to go through some simple questions about their home or complete the home audit checklist. The impartial advice could really help if anyone is considering investing in renewable energy for their home and/or want advice on how to insulate their home properly.
TURN2US - an independent charity whose aim is to fight UK poverty. Help, advice and support on a range of topics from back to school support to facing redundancy.
MONEY SAVING EXPERT - independent and up-to-date advice on ways to save money from getting cheaper energy to free food.
MONEY SAVING CENTRAL - all the latest deals and freebees, including days out.