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Cost of living

Find help with the cost of living

Currently, we're experiencing a substantial rise in the cost of living but if you are struggling to cope financially and need assistance, you may find help through the following services.

Help for Households

See what Government support is available to help with the cost of living and find out how to save money with energy saving tips.

Support from local councils

Household support fund

You may be able to get short-term urgent help with essential costs from your local council through the Household Support Fund. This could help if you're struggling to afford things like food, energy and water bills, and other essential household items. Local councils may also be able to offer food vouchers for families during the school holidays.

To find out more and apply for support, visit your local council website:

Wiltshire Council

Somerset Council

Bath & North East Somerset Council

Interactive Community Directory

Wiltshire Council has created an online interactive community directory to help you find out what warm spaces and community food providers there are in the county to support you through the cost-of-living challenges.

To find out what support is available on your doorstep, and across the county, please visit  Supporting you through the rising cost of living – Wiltshire Council.

Wiltshire local welfare provision scheme

The local welfare provision scheme provides critical short-term help and assistance with limited one-off household goods. To find out more and apply, visit  Help in a crisis – Wiltshire Council

Bath & North East Somerset Welfare Support Scheme

The Welfare Support Scheme provides B&NES residents with short-term financial help in a crisis. Get help if you can't afford the basics such as food, energy costs, and household items, or help with certain debts. To find out more and apply, visit  Apply for welfare support – Bath & North East Somerset Council.

Food and furniture

If you are struggling with the cost of food, our customer support team can advise on food bank assistance.

You can also find community fridges in Frome and Trowbridge.

For furniture or items for your home, contact:

Wiltshire wellbeing hub

Wiltshire's Wellbeing Hub is available to help advise people through the cost-of-living crisis.

You can call the hub Monday to Thursday 9am to 5pm and Friday from 9am to 4pm on 0300 003 4576 or email wellbeinghub@wiltshire.gov.uk.

BANES Community Wellbeing Hub

The Community Wellbeing Hub provides a central place for you to access a range of services to improve your health and wellbeing.

You can call the hub Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm on 0300 247 0050 or email BATHNES.thehub@hcrgcaregroup.com.

Advice for parents

BBC Bitesize have tips for talking to your child about the cost of living crisis, techniques to manage anxiety and low cost recipes to feed a family.

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