The Cost of Living Crisis: Where to find help

As the UK faces its worst cost-of-living crisis since the 70s, listed below are some worthwhile charities and resources that may help.

Help for Households

Help for Households is a campaign set up by the UK government in an effort to easily display all the financial help available from them, and what you’d need to be considered for such. This ranges from help with energy bills, childcare costs, transport costs and a few others.

Be sure to check out the GOV.UK website here and find out what you’re entitled to:

Turn2Us Benefits Calculator

Turn2Us is a national charity that helps those experiencing hardship gain access to welfare benefits and grants. Similarly to the Help for Households initiative, Turn2Us’ benefits calculator can tell you if you’re entitled to any benefits that you aren’t currently claiming. All it takes is a short survey via their website, and Turn2Us will do all the extra legwork for you. This is a must-do for anybody experiencing financial hardship right now.

Check out their website and try out their benefits calculator here:

National Energy Action

National Energy Action is a free advice service that provides support on heating and bills to households across England and Wales, with the hope of one-day ending fuel poverty. They’re willing to help with a broad spectrum of energy and heating-based worries, and their incredible advisors will do all they can to help put your mind at ease.

If you require free advice or support in these areas, be sure to give them a call on weekdays between 10 am and 12 pm on 0800-304-7159

Or, visit their website here:


Sust-It is a UK-based comparison site that helps you work out which products are going to be the cheapest to run, as well as breaking down these costs in easy-to-understand tables. This website is fantastic for checking which of your household items is causing your energy bills to skyrocket, or simply calculating which appliance will be the cheapest to cook with.

Check out their website here:

Cooking on a Bootstrap

Founded by British food writer, journalist, and food poverty activist, Jack Monroe, Cooking on a Bootstrap is the ultimate resource for flavourful meals on a budget. There are already hundreds of meals to choose from, complete with cost breakdowns and estimated cooking times, and new recipes are uploaded regularly. Cooking on a Bootstrap makes it easy to find a budget meal for any taste, and proves that tasty home cooking doesn’t have to break the bank.

Find the entire collection of budget recipes here:

We hope you’ll find these resources useful in the upcoming year, and pray that these hard times will come to an end in the not-so-distant future.

If you’re in desperate need of immediate financial advice, contact the HM Government’s MoneyHelper service for free, impartial advice at 0800-138-7777

Or visit their website here: