Sunday 21 July

Due to maintenance, the facility to pay online and our online application forms where we take a payment will be unavailable for two hours from 4:30am to 6:30am. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Cost of living support

Help if you're struggling with the cost of living

Many residents are currently struggling with rising living costs. That's why it's important to know what help and support is available now that could benefit you, a relative, friend or neighbour.

Petrol, food, energy and other bills are all rising, and we know many people are worried about how they are going to make ends meet.

If you’re struggling to manage, we can offer a range of advice and support so you can find the help you need and are entitled to.

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Welfare Support Service

As the increase in the cost of living continues to have a real impact on residents throughout the Borough, the Welfare Support Service is available to offer advice and provide support if you have financial concerns. The Welfare Support Service works closely with residents in a holistic way, to enable them to access the most appropriate support including emergency food provision, grants and funds, benefits eligibility, income maximisation, and budgeting help.

If you have been financially affected by the cost of living crisis or have any financial concerns, the Welfare Support Service is here to support you. You can contact the Welfare Support Team through our cost of living contact form or by phone on 01455 238141. 

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Community warm welcome

Although the warm welcome season finished on 31 March, many of the venues which were kindly offered as a warm space during the colder months are continuing to welcome their communities at weekly sessions throughout the year. The offer at each venue will vary, but may include opportunities to meet other people, enjoy some refreshments, take part in activities, learn new things and make use of free internet access. Access may be free, by donation, or for a small charge. View our full list of community welcome locations

You can find more sheltered community spaces at centres for warmth (cadentgas.com)

Welcome the community

To offer your regular sessions for community welcome, please complete our community welcome contact form

Financial support

Information and advice on which benefits and financial support you may be able to receive.

Council tax exemptions:

Household support fund

The household support fund is administered by Leicestershire County Council and is designed to support residents who are most in need. You may be eligible for support, including help with food and energy costs. 

Cost of living payments – you may be entitled to three cost of living payments if you receive certain benefits. All pensioner households will also receive a £300 payment alongside this year’s winter fuel payment. More information: Cost of living payments 2023 to 2024 (GOV.UK)


 

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Housing

If you are a Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council tenant and are struggling to pay your monthly rent, please contact the Rents service: Tenancy management contact form

Homeless

If you're homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, our Housing Options service can provide advice and support: Homelessness.

You can also contact Shelter: Homelessness advice (shelter.org.uk)

Housing - benefits and grants

Help for those on low incomes with their rent payments: Apply for help paying rent

Discretionary housing payments

Help for people who are already receiving housing benefit or housing costs in their universal credit payments, but are struggling to pay their rent: About discretionary housing payments

Disabled facilities grant

To get an assessment to see if you can get help with adapting your property, contact Adult Social Care on 0116 305 004 Disabled Facilities Grants: Overview (GOV.UK)
 

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Council tax

Some residents are entitled to support, or deductions in their council tax bill, for example: those with adaptations, students, care leavers and people living alone.

Council tax support 

Help for those on a low income with their council tax charge: Apply for help paying council tax

Discretionary discount fund

Help for those already in receipt of council tax support that are struggling to pay their council tax: About the discretionary discount fund

Council tax reduction: this is help for those who are disabled and need adaptions in their property: Council tax discounts for disabled people

Food

If you are struggling to feed yourself and your family, you can access support in a number of ways:

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Support for pets

Debt advice

Do you have debt? Get advice on how to move forward with your debt:

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Trust funds for those with priority debt

Trust funds are to help those who are in debt to help reduce or clear it. To be able to access these trust funds you must have had debt advice. Funds:

Household costs

Help towards the cost of running your household, this includes water and heating costs.

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Wellbeing support

If the cost of living is impacting on your health and wellbeing, there are free and confidential support services that can help:

Contact us

Contact our Welfare Support Service: cost of living contact form

Support from GOV.UK

The UK government has launched help for households (GOV.UK) to provide a range of support.