Cost of Living Support
Lincolnshire councils, alongside stakeholder groups including the Integrated Care Board, health and care providers, faith and community groups, charities and local businesses have come together to help support residents as we enter the winter months.
A taskforce was set up to review the potential impacts caused by the cost of living through the autumn/winter 2022 and to harness effort across all partners to help in supporting, where possible, the communities of Lincolnshire. The work of the taskforce and the associated resources and support available can still be accessed here.
For Lincolnshire District Councils - Cost of Living Support pages (click on the logos below)
Household Support Fund launched in South and East Lincolnshire
The Lincolnshire Community Foundation will be distributing vital funds of up to £300 to individuals and families, who have not received any cost of living support previously nor qualify for any other benefit or income support. The funds are available to those living in Boston Borough, or the districts of East Lindsey, West Lindsey and South Holland, through funding from the UK Government via the South, East and West Lincolnshire Councils Partnership’s Household Support Scheme.
Applications can be made via the Lincolnshire Community Foundation Website www.lincolnshirecf.co.uk from 24th July 2023 until 18th March 2024. If you do not have access to the website, contact the Grants team on 01529 305825 or email email@example.com
Support will be given predominantly in the form of vouchers for food, energy (no cash grants are given).
Free home energy checks from Age UK's Warm and Wise project
If you are aged 50 or over and living in Lincoln and South Lincolnshire, Age UK can provide personalised support for those needing energy saving advice and help with meter readings, grants for new boilers, and installing energy saving devices. Find further information on the Age UK website at Warm & Wise project services or telephone 03455 564 144.
Warm Welcome Spaces
The Warm Welcome Spaces portal allows residents to find warm space locations in their community.
For a list of organisations and venues registered as a warm space, go to: https://www.warmwelcome.uk/#find-a-space
To register your Warm Welcome Space, go to: https://www.warmwelcome.uk/#register-your-space
For information about managing money and debt, support with energy and household costs, and help with housing, visit our Managing Money and Debt page.
If you need to ask your bank to pay particular bills out of your account, National Debtline have a sample letter template you can use: https://nationaldebtline.org/sample-letters/ask-your-bank-pay-particular-bills/
For mental health information and support, visit our Mental Health page.
For steps to stay fire safe, see Cost of Living: Steps to stay fire safe (England) (National Fire Chiefs Council)
For advice and support for families regarding their childcare costs, visit Childcare Choices
For information about being active and moving more for less, visit Cost of Living - Let’s Move Lincolnshire (letsmovelincolnshire.com)
Find out more about the The Big Energy Saving Network, returning this winter.
For support and information about foodbanks in Lincolnshire, see Lincolnshire Food Partnership's foodbanks map.
For free advice and support if you are experiencing issues with home energy or are living in, or at risk of living in fuel poverty, visit Better Housing Better Health (BHBH).
Find further information on Help to Save - the government savings scheme for low-income earners.