Help with the cost of living
In this section:
Help with housing costs
If you're homeless or at risk of being homeless we can give you help or advice. You need to complete a quick online assessment first.
Help paying your rent or mortgage
You should speak to your landlord or mortgage lender first if you can't pay your housing costs. If you're a council tenant you should contact our housing team.
You might be able to get housing benefit if you're on a low income.
If you're claiming housing benefit or Universal Credit and need more help with housing costs, you can apply for a Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP). This is a one-off payment for help with rent or a rent deposit.
Government cost of living payments
If you're getting a means tested benefit - like Universal Credit for example - you'll get a cost of living payment of £650 this year. It's split into two instalments, one in summer and one in autumn. You don't need to apply for it, you'll be paid automatically.
If you get certain disability benefits - like disability living allowance or personal independence payment - you will get an extra £150 on top of the £650 payment.
Government winter fuel payments
This year anyone that normally gets the winter fuel payment for pensioners will get an extra one off-payment of £300. This will be paid automatically.
General help for households
GOV.UK's Help for Households campaign has advice and support on lots of household costs, including bills, childcare, and benefits.