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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

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

  • Clyde Family Hub SE8 5NH, every Monday, 1pm-5pm

  • Lewisham CommUNITY space, Unit 17 Lewisham Shopping Centre SE13 7HB, every Tuesday 9.30am-12.30pm  

  • 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

  • Christ Church URC SE6 3HQ, every Friday, 2–4.30pm

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.

Help with household bills

Help with employment and training

Extra support if you have children

Health and well-being advice

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.

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 throughout winter. 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. More spaces to be announced in December - please keep checking here.

How you can help