Support through the cost-of-living crisis
The cost-of-living crisis has added additional concerns to the lives of many survivors of brain injury and their families.
We have gathered together some useful links to charities and organisations where you can access information and support.
On this page:
- Support services
- Benefits and debt advice
- Food housing and heating support
- Help from energy suppliers
Headway's range of e-booklets and factsheets cover many of the symptoms and practical issues associated with a brain injury.
Click for welfare benefit factsheets
Check what extra help you could get if you're struggling with the cost of living - including the Cost-of-Living Payment scheme.
Click for advice and support
Scope’s helpline provides free, independent, and impartial advice and support on issues that matter to disabled people and their families.
Contact the helpline
On this page, you can find lots of suggestions to help you manage your finances and get support during these challenging times of rising living costs.
Advice, information and support
National Energy Action (NEA)
The national fuel poverty charity, offers a free support service providing advice to householders in England and Wales on their energy bills and keeping warm.
Contact the helpline
Martin Lewis, founder of MoneySavingExpert, has produced a Cost-of-Living Survival Guide with 90 ways to save money during this crisis.
Read Martin’s full guide
Money and pensions guidance service, provided by the Money and Pension Service, sponsored by Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
Click for support, helpful tools and calculators
Guidance on getting an extra payment to help with the cost of living if you’re entitled to certain benefits or tax credits.
Cost of living guidance
Benefits and debt advice
Turn2Us can provide advice on benefits and grants you might be able to apply for.
Step Change can help you with free debt advice online or over the phone.
Free online advice
Supporting you with budgeting, maximizing your income, prioritisation of debts and negotiating with creditors.
Free phone or online advice
Food, housing and heating support
Trussell Trust have a network of food banks across the UK.
Find a food bank
If you are struggling with a housing issue or facing homelessness, Shelter offers online and over the phone support.
They can also provide local one to one help and offer free legal advice to those facing eviction or who have lost their homes.
In this guide, tips are shared for the cheapest ways to get food.
How to get free or cheap food
In this guide, tips are shared for the cheapest ways to 'heat the human, not the home'.
Heat the human not the home
Energy support in England
This provides a £400 grant that will be paid directly to energy suppliers for households with a domestic electricity meter over six months from October 2022.
Energy Bills Support Scheme
Support in Wales
This has been extended for a year to cover Winter 2022.
Those in receipt of eligible benefits can apply from the 26th September 2022 for a payment of £200.
Winter fuel support scheme
The Warm Home Discount Scheme
This opens in November 2022 and will give a discount of £150 on someone’s electricity bill if their electricity supplier is signed up to the scheme and they meet eligibility criteria.
Warm home discount scheme
Winter Fuel Payment
If you were born on or before 25 September 1956 you could get between £250 and £600 to help you pay your heating bills.
Winter fuel payment
The Cold Weather Payment
Working with the Trussell Trust Foodbank to support anyone using a prepay meter. They provide a fuel voucher that will top up a prepay meter for around two weeks.
You can only get a Fuel Bank voucher if you’re in need of food support. Contact your local foodbank or Citizens Advice to see if the Fuel Bank is available in your area.
Help from energy suppliers
The Citizen's Advice Bureau
Information about certain benefits, grants and help you may be able to get from the government and energy suppliers.
Click for available support
Ofgem is the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets. Their role is to protect consumers by working to deliver a greener, fairer energy system.
How to get help if you can't afford your energy bills
Help for Households
From 1 October 2022, the Energy Price Guarantee will reduce the unit cost of electricity and gas so that a typical household in Great Britain pays, on average, around £2,500 a year on their energy bill, for the next 2 years.
*Beware of scams – there is no need to apply, and you will never be asked for bank details.
Government energy price guarantee