Make sure you are claiming all the benefits you are entitled to and calculate how much you could receive.
Housing benefit can help towards your rent if you are on a low income.
Council tax reduction
Council tax reduction can help you pay your council tax if you are on a low income.
Council tax discounts and exemptions
If you are a single person, have a disability or have a property that is exempt you may be entitled to a discount or exemption on your council tax.
Household support fund
The household support fund provides help directly to eligible families, pensioners and care leavers to go towards food and essential items.
Local welfare assistance
Local welfare assistance is an emergency financial payment that can be applied for if you are facing an immediate financial crisis. It can help towards basic essentials including energy.
Discretionary housing payments
If you receive housing benefit or universal credit, you may be able to apply for a discretionary housing payment to help with housing costs
Discretionary council tax discount
Discretionary council tax discount can be paid to help towards your council tax bill if you are facing financial hardship
Community benefits team
The community benefits team provides general advice about benefit entitlements.
Help with childcare costs
If you have a two-year-old and are on a low income or receiving benefits, you are entitled to 15 hours of free childcare per week. Children aged three and four could be eligible for an additional 15 hours.
Support for school aged children
There is a variety of support available for school aged children, 16–19-year-olds and university students including free school meals, help towards travel expenses and school holiday schemes.