If you’re in debt, seek advice early rather than let things spiral out of control. Visit our debt advice page for more informaiton.
Check if you can claim a discretionary housing payment
If Housing Benefit or Universal Credit doesn't cover all your rent, check to see if you can make a claim for a discretionary housing payment.
Check if you’re eligible for council tax support
You may be eligible for council tax support through Wyre Council if you receive certain benefits or are on low income.
Household Support Fund
Wyre council has been allocated £430,000 in Household Support Funding to help provide some financial support for households on the lowest incomes, particularly those including children and pensioners, who are struggling with energy, food and water bills. Find out more by visiting our household support fund page
Council tax rebate
If you were entitled to the £150 council tax rebate but haven't yet claimed it, you'll need to do so before 30th September 2022. You won't be entitled to the Household Support Fund until the £150 energy rebate payment has been accepted.
We also offer a £150 council tax energy rebate discretionary scheme. This scheme is available for people who reside in a band E, F, G or H property and are on a low income or on other qualifying benefits.
Check if you're eligible for income-related state benefits
An estimated £15bn of benefits are believed to go unclaimed each year. Use a free benefits calculator to find out what you could be entitled to.
Or contact Wyre Citizens Advice for help to do this.
If you are turned down for a benefit, seek advice on whether to challenge the decision. Many benefit decisions are overturned, and organisations like Citizens Advice can offer advice about challenges.
Support from the Government
Households are to start receiving £400 off their energy bills from October, with the discount made in 6 instalments to help families throughout the winter period. This will be paid automatically, you do not need to apply. Please be mindful that scammers may contact you, asking for your banking information to pay you this grant. This is a scam, the government will not ask you for your private banking information. Money Saving Expert have advice and information on how to report this scam.
You can find out more about what support is being provided by Government to help with the cost of living on the gov.uk website
If you’re over State Pension age, check if you’re eligible for Pension Credit
Pension Credit provides extra money for living costs and access to other help. Around a third of eligible pensioners don’t claim Pension Credit – often because they don't know they can or that they need to. Find out if you’re eligible and how much you could get using the Pension Credit calculator. People of State Pension age may be entitled to Pension Credit even though they may have modest savings, or a retirement income or own their own home. An award of Pension Credit can provide access to a range of other benefits such as help with housing costs, Council Tax, heating bills and, for those aged 75 or over, a free TV licence.