Cost of Living financial support available

You may be eligible for benefits

Millions of people on means-tested benefits received the first of two cost of living instalments totalling £650 from 14 July 2022, as part of a £37 billion government package to help families with cost of living pressures.

The first £326 instalment for qualifying low-income households in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will have been paid via their usual payment method from 14 July 2022, and continued to the end of the month. For those eligible, the rest will follow in a second instalment this Autumn.

People receiving tax credits and no other eligible benefits will receive their first payment from HMRC in Autumn and the second in Winter.

In total, millions of vulnerable households will receive at least £1,200 from the Government this year to help cover rising costs. There are specific payments for those on means tested benefits, for pensioners, those on disability benefits and to help people with energy bills.

Check your eligibility at the GOV.UK Cost of Living Payment web page.

There is also helpful information about further support available on the GOV.UK Cost of Living Support campaign web page.

Surrey Health and Welfare Support

For information on other financial, health and welfare support in Surrey visit the Surrey County Council Health and Welfare Support Hub

If you can't find the support you need on these pages, our Community Helpline Team will be happy to signpost you to the relevant local help and support that may be available to you:

  • Community Helpline on 0300 200 1008 which is open Monday to Friday from 9am until 5pm.
  • SMS 0786 0053 465 for deaf and hearing impaired residents only (Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm).

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