Government Support

Cost Of Living Government Support in British sign language

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The Government is supporting people with their households bills, working with providers to offer social tariffs to those struggling to afford broadband or phone services. Social tariffs offer cheaper, reliable broadband and phone packages to those on low incomes. For some, accessing this could mean a saving of around £180 a year.

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Help Paying for your childcare


  • For working families, including the self-employed, in the UK
  • Earning under £100k and at least £152 per week (equal to 16 hours at the National Minimum or Living Wage) each
  • Who aren’t receiving Tax Credits, Universal Credit or childcare vouchers
  • With children aged 0-11 (or 0-16 if disabled)
  • For every £8 you pay into an online account, the government will add an extra £2, up to £2,000 per child per year

15 Hours Free Childcare for 2 year olds


  • For all families in England
  • With 3 and 4-year-old children
  • 15 hours of free childcare or early education for 38 weeks
  • A total of 570 hours per year, that you can use flexibly with one or more childcare provider
  • Some providers will allow you  to ‘stretch’ the hours over 52 weeks, using fewer hours per week

Cost of living payment schemes

People on low income benefitsUp to £900 Spring 2023-Spring 2024
Pensioner Households£300 cost of living paymentSpring 2023-Spring 2024
Disability benefit claimants£150 cost of living paymentSpring 2023-Spring 2024

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Alternative payment arrangements

If you’re facing financial issues that are affecting your ability to manage your money, and/or you are are in arrears with your rent, the Department for Work and Pensions may be able to offer an Alternative Payment Arrangements.

This means they could pay housing costs of Universal Credit directly to your landlord, offering payments more frequently than monthly, or splitting payment between partners.

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Warm Home discount

The Warm Home discount scheme has undergone some changes and will now be used to help even more people in England and Wales.

The main changes include increasing the value to £150, and continuing to provide rebates to one million low income pensioners while creating a new group of households on low incomes with high energy costs to benefit from the scheme.

Other government heating schemes include cold weather payments of £25 for each 7-day period of very cold weather between 1st November and 31st March, to all eligible households; and winter fuel payments to residents born on or before 25th September 1956.

The Warm Home Discount Scheme for winter 2022 to 2023 has closed. The scheme will reopen again in October 2023.

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