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Cost of Living Support

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CPRE recognises the impact the cost-of-living crisis is having on those living in the countryside. From soaring energy bills to a dearth of affordable housing, our rural communities are at the sharp end of a wider economic crisis that is having a disproportional impact on them.

CPRE has joined the ‘Warm This Winter’ coalition calling for urgent action from the government, otherwise millions – particularly in rural areas – will be unable to pay their bills and heat their homes.

If you need help with the cost of living, these resources may be helpful.


Financial support, help with debt, grants and benefits

Your bank or building society may be able to offer support. This article explains the actions banks are taking and will be updated as more information is available.

Turn2Us is a national charity providing practical help to people who are struggling financially, by helping people access benefits, charitable grants and other support.

The Money Advice Trust is a national charity, helping people across the UK to tackle their debts and manage their money with confidence.

StepChange Debt Charity offers free, confidential and expert debt advice and money guidance.

Help with calculating benefits can be found at Age UK and Citizens Advice.


Energy saving advice and support with paying energy bills

The Energy Saving Trust offers advice on how to reduce fuel bills.

The NEA Action for Warm Homes and the Centre for Sustainable Energy offer advice if you are struggling with your energy bills.

Citizens Advice can advise on grants and benefits to help you pay your energy bills.

The Money Saving Boiler Challenge offers a step-by-step guide to turning down your boiler to save money and reduce carbon emissions.



The Trussell Trust and the Independent Food Aid Network can help you find a food bank near to you.

Family Action and Love Food Hate Waste offer advice on how to reduce food waste.

Fareshare gives details of organisations offering food support to individuals and families.

The British Heart Foundation offers advice on eating healthily on a budget, and Cooking on a Bootstrap offers a range of low-budget recipes.


For general information and support try Citizens Advice.


Support where you live

The government has a dedicated Help for Households website to help with all aspects of the cost of living.

In addition to support offered by Norfolk County Council, your local district, borough or city council can also offer support. Please visit their websites for more information.

Breckland District Council

Broadland Council & South Norfolk District Council

Great Yarmouth Borough Council

King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council

North Norfolk District Council

Norwich City Council


Want to help?

Please consider signing the Warm this Winter petition which urges the government to support those experiencing fuel poverty.

You might also want to make a donation to one of the organisations listed above, or look on Facebook, Twitter or Go Fund Me for initiatives where you live that need support.


This article was originally written and published by CPRE Cambridgeshire & Peterborough and has been adapted for local use.