Household and Food Expenses

Get a Food Bank Referral

You can ask Citizens Advice to refer you to a food bank. They'll usually make an appointment for you to discuss your situation with an adviser first.

If you can't go to Citizens Advice, you can ask for a referral from another organisation - for example your GP, housing association or social worker.

Trussell Trust - Food Bank Finder

Trussell Trust support a nationwide network of food banks and provide emergency food and support to people.



OLIO connects neighbours with each other and with local businesses so surplus food can be shared, not thrown away.

This could be food nearing its sell-by date in local stores, spare home-grown vegetables, bread from your baker, or the groceries in your fridge when you go away. 

OLIO can also be used for non-food household items, too.


What Supermarkets and Shops Are Doing

Many supermarkets and other retailers have put special measures in place to help customers with the cost of living. 


Discounted Tariffs

If you're on benefits, you may be due cheap, long-term 'social tariffs' for broadband and phone lines. 


TV Licence

You can get a free TV Licence if you, as the licence holder, are 75 years or older and you, or your partner living at the same address, receives Pension Credit.


School Uniforms have a rundown on the cheapest school uniform items, whether you're after something last minute or just need a few spares.

NHS and Health Service Discounts

NHS and Health Service Workers can access deals and discounts on a range of items and services. 

Help for Households in England

Find out about government support available for households in England, including support schemes, funds, discounts and offers. 

Cost of Living Help in Scotland

If you need urgent help with money, food or fuel, your local council in Scotland may be able to support with things like food, heating and electricity.

Cost of Living Help in Wales

The Welsh Government have support and advice to help you with the cost of living, including what benefits you're entitled to, household support and more. 

Cost of Living Help in Northern Ireland

Find support and advice in Northern Ireland on housing and other expenses. 

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