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Cost of living crisis

People across the country are facing rising goods and energy prices, inflation and other cost of living pressures. The Council is supporting households as well as signposting people to other support you could be eligible for.

Could you be better off?

Use the calculator to find out what extra help you are entitled to, and apply. Get advice on debt, budgeting, jobs and childcare.

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Get help locally

If you need support and you would like to talk to someone, we have launched a range of drop-in advice services across the borough in partnership with Citizens Advice Lewisham:

  • Clyde Family Hub SE8 5NH, every Tuesday, 1pm-5pm
  • St John the Baptist Church SE6 2RP, every Wednesday, 12 noon-2pm
  • 999 Club SE8 4PA , every Wednesday, 10am-2pm
  • Perry Rise Baptist Church SE23 2QL, every Thursday, 12 noon-2pm 

Food support

Coping with money worries

  • Advice Lewisham can be reached on 0800 231 5453 for enquiries about benefits, housing, debt, employment, immigration, family & consumer issues
  • you can also speak to the independent organisation Money Helper online or call 0800 138 7777 for free, confidential advice
  • use the online worrying about money form, and see what support is available for you locally in Lewisham
  • you might be missing out on money that you are entitled to. Visit turn2us to find out what benefits or grants you can get
  • Lewisham Plus Credit Union can help you with savings and affordable loans
  • The Mayor of London has made many forms of support available for Londoners, from free school meals to skills training and money advice. Find out about what you are entitled to

Help with household bills

Help with employment and training

Extra support if you have children

Health and well-being advice

  • Community Connections Lewisham provide options for help and can link you up to support services (Available Monday to Fridays 9.30am to 4pm on 0330 058 3464)
  • Mental Health & Money Advice provide practical advice and support for people experiencing issues with mental health and money
  • NHS Help with Health Costs scheme – if you have a low income, the NHS Low Income Scheme could help you pay for things like NHS prescription charges
  • the ‘Pharmacy First’ scheme provides advice, treatment and medicines for minor illnesses from your local pharmacy and the medicines offered are free of charge if you don’t usually pay for your prescriptions  find out more from your local pharmacy

Staying warm support

  • if you're over 65, on a low income, or have a long term health condition or disability, you can sign up for a support package to help them keep warm in the colder months  see if you are eligible for the scheme
  • see if you're eligible for Warm Home Discount scheme  you could receive £150 off your winter electricity bill

Support for veterans

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