Support available from government

The government can provide:

  • support with your income
  • help with your bills
  • help with childcare costs
  • housing support
  • help with transport costs
  • help finding work

NHS Low Income support scheme

If you have a low income, the NHS Low Income scheme could help you pay for:

  • NHS prescription charges
  • NHS dental treatment charges
  • the cost of sight tests, glasses and contact lenses
  • the cost of travelling to receive NHS treatment
  • NHS wigs and fabric supports (check with your hospital for their arrangements for supplying NHS wigs)

How much help you get depends on your weekly income and necessary outgoings, plus any savings or investments you have at the time you apply.

Household Support Fund

The Household Support Fund initially provided financial support to households struggling with the cost of living over the winter period in 2021.

The government announced an extension of the scheme in summer 2022 supporting vulnerable households, including pensioners and those with children.

Find out more on our Household Support Fund page.

Sure Start Maternity grant

Check if you could get a one-off payment of £500 to help towards the costs of having a child. This is known as a Sure Start Maternity grant.

Cost of living payments

If you have any queries regarding the cost of living payments the GOV.UK factsheet is a good place to start. There is also a British Sign Language version on YouTube with information on the cost of living payment.