Help with the cost of living

In May 2022, the government announced several schemes to support people with the cost of living.

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Anyone paying a mains electricity bill will get £400 taken off their energy account in the autumn. This will not need to be repaid.

Low-income households

Households on means-tested benefits, including Universal Credit, Pension Credit and Tax Credits, will receive a payment of £650 this year. This will be made automatically in two installments, one in summer and another in autumn.


Anyone who was born on or before 25 September 1956 will get an extra £300 in addition to the £200-300 Winter Fuel Payment.

Disabled people

If you are disabled and get a means-tested benefit, you will get an extra £150 payment which will be paid in September.

Further information

Stay up-to-date with the financial support available by visiting the government's Cost of living support website. 

Sutton Council - Household Support Fund

If you are facing hardship, you can get help with your essential household costs from Sutton Council's Household Support Fund. 

The fund is to be used to support residents experiencing financial hardship who require access to

  • food
  • fuel
  • utility bills
  • winter essentials

Due to the high demand for support, applications are one per household.

You do not need to be claiming benefits to get this support.

Find out who is eligible and how to apply

Managing your money in uncertain times

The government's Money Helper has lots of free information and resources to help you manage your money in uncertain times and how to keep up with essential bills and payments.