Financial Support

The information on this page will help direct you to government support, either through the cost of living payments or Council Tax discount schemes, housing benefit, childcare costs or other benefits you could be eligible for.

There are also local charitable support groups throughout East Cambridgeshire offering help to local residents.

Government payments

In May 2022 the government announced further payments to be made to households to support with the rising cost of living.

This includes:

The cost of living support fact-sheet 26 May 2022 provides more detail on the help available.

Council Tax

People on low incomes may be eligible for Council Tax support to reduce the amount of Council Tax you owe. Other Council Tax reductions are available, such as the Single Person Discount.

Housing Costs

If you are of working age and on a low income, you may be able to receive help with the cost of rent by applying for Universal Credit. If you already receive Universal Credit, help with rent should already be included in your Universal Credit payment.

People who are pension age or on a low income may be entitled to Housing Benefit. This benefit is available to both social and private renters.

If you are already receiving Universal Credit or Housing Benefit and this does not cover the full cost of your rent, you can apply for additional help with rent.

Benefits

Check the government's income support pages for more ideas, including claiming Marriage Allowance, eligibility for Carer's Allowance, Pension Credit and help if you cannot pay your Tax bill.

Information on benefits for adults and older people is available on Cambridgeshire County Council's website.

The government's benefits calculator is a useful tool to check what benefits you may be entitled to.

You may be eligible for a Budgeting Loan if you have been on certain benefits for six months. You have to pay back the amount you borrow and repayments are taken automatically from your benefits.

If you are receiving Universal Credit you cannot get a budgeting loan, but you may be able to get a loan as part of your Universal Credit if you need to cover a specific expense - this is called a Budgeting Advance.

Childcare Costs

Visit the government's childcare webpage for information on tax-free childcare, 30 hours free childcare, 15 hours free childcare, Child Benefit, and a one-off payment of £500 for help with maternity costs.

Charities and Support Schemes

The Turn2Us charity can help you to access welfare benefits, grants and other help.

Cambridgeshire's Local Assistance Scheme (CLAS) supports people facing unexpected financial difficulties. CLAS can provide information, advice and practical support and assistance in times of exceptional pressure.

Following an assessment, you may be eligible for a CLAS award. The awards can be in the form of supermarket vouchers, energy vouchers, new white goods, decorating packs, beds, mattresses, recycled white goods and furniture. To self-refer, contact CLAS directly.