Understanding UC. There are so many worries right now about the cost of living, rising rand energy bills and a ton of other things, not to mention what help is available – all of which can be frustrating.
There’s help there, which is great, but how do you know you’re not missing out on hundreds of pounds?
With energy bills due to rise to an average of £3,615 in October, 24 million energy users are deeply concerned, especially those on low incomes – and these prices will be revisited four times a year in the future, double the current amount for which the energy price cap is modified.
The inflation rate is also set to hit record highs, pushing up food and fuel prices, with the Bank of England warning that rates are heading towards 13%, a number not seen since the beginning. the 80s.
All this adds to the need to help as much as possible to needy households. So what help out there?
General Credit claimants can also get help with social tax on their water billdepending on how much the bills are.
Typically, clients will need to have a household income of less than £16,500 excluding benefits, but this is well worth considering as you can get up to 90% off your bill.
Social rates are also available for broadband services such as BT and Virgin. You may need to double-check with your provider and make sure you’ll benefit from the social tariff for your broadband, but you could save several hundred pounds a year.
US FOOD VOUCHERS
Healthy Start Project set up to bring you £442 worth of food for the year: each voucher is worth £4.25 a week (at the time of writing), the annual amount is £221 – and you’ll get double that if you have children under one year old. Offer is for people with children under four years old or pregnant women.
Again, if you claim benefits, including Universal Credit, you can apply Free school meals ready for the semester.
That includes asking for free school meals during the holidays – you can claim supermarket vouchers worth the same amount as what the child will get during the semester.
We recently published this story on how to reduce the price of school uniforms.
You can apply for benefits through your local council, but even if you don’t qualify, there are other programs that can help like your local council’s Household Support Fund or welfare program.
understand UC: Read more
Problems with General Credit: Where to get help – here.
All the things you can get financial help with – here
MoneyMagpie monthly hardship grant funding summary – here
Where to get help with School Uniforms – here
Do you get £650 – here