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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.

Get help locally

It's estimated that one in four households in Lewisham are now affected by food and fuel poverty. Lewisham is lucky to have an incredible network of community groups, charities and other local organisations, that offer a wide range of support. We will be regularly updating this page as more information becomes available. Find out more about support available locally.

Food support

Find a list of community projects offering free or low-cost food on our website.

Coping with debt

  • 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.

Warm welcomes

We know many local people are worried about rising energy costs and heating their homes. We want to extend a warm welcome to anyone who needs a warm, inviting space through the Cost of Living Crisis. We are working with local partners to identify local spaces that can provide warm spaces free of charge for residents. These includes our libraries, find your nearest library and see their opening times. 

Community groups are also coming together to offer spaces where people can pop in. Our partners at Lewisham Local are working with us to coordinate these. All spaces are currently different, some may be providing hot drinks, others may be providing hot food, others may be providing social activities and additional support. Check the warm spaces map to find your nearest space and get more information.

Extra support if you have children

Staying warm support

  • Those over 65, on a low income, or who has a long term health condition or disability 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 are eligible for Warm Home Discount scheme, and you could receive £150 off your electricity bill for winter 2022 to 2023.

Help with employment and training

Help with household bills

Mental 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)

How you can help