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The Real Cost of Living

We know that the current cost of living crisis is placing a huge amount of pressure on households across the UK. Alongside the annual rent increase, food, energy, and other basic costs of living are all rising steeply at the moment, and we understand that times are not easy right now.

If you have any concerns about your ability to pay your rent or service charge, please let us know and we will do our best to help with signposting and advice. It is always much better to talk early on and we will always try to support you.

Where can I get help if I’m struggling?

If you’re struggling with increased costs, there are different ways you can seek help.

On energy bills, the government offers existing schemes you may be eligible for which can help you pay your bills such as the Warm Home Discount and Winter Fuel Payment

If you already claim benefits but are still struggling, you may be able to get a discretionary housing payment through your local authority, which can help to cover the shortfall. Your local council may also be able to help you if you’re struggling to buy essentials like food – and you don’t necessarily need to be in receipt of benefits to get help.

If you are struggling financially or are worried about getting into arrears, it is important that you contact us as soon as possible. We can also signpost you to the most relevant agencies and organisations to meet your needs.

Is the Government doing anything to to support individuals and families?

The recent Spring Statement outlined a number of measures which were targeted to help with the cost of living including the extension of the household support fund to support vulnerable families, and raising the national insurance threshold.

Earlier in the year, the government confirmed it would give households in council tax bands A-D a £150 rebate on council tax bill. This will be followed by a £200 “discount” on energy bills in October, but this will act as a loan, with all households repaying it in £40 instalments over 5 years.

If you have any questions about these measures, or if you are worried about the impact on your household, please let us know. You can contact us by phone on 01454 411172 or Email us at info@elimhousing.co.uk.

 

 


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