The Cost Of Living Crisis is affecting nearly everyone, so we’ve pulled together some helpful resources to ensure you have access to all the support available to you, and to help you navigate through this difficult time.
Find friendly advice on benefits and help with your bills, warm home hacks, and ways to make your money go further, below.
The price of energy, food and bills are all rising and many of us are feeling worried about our finances. You might even find yourself in a position you have never experienced before. There are services and advice that can help, some of which depend on your circumstances. Find out more here.
Help On Your Doorstep:
You can find of different types of help via the Help on Your Doorstep website.
If you don’t have enough to live on or are struggling to pay your bills, there is a lot of support in Islington that can help. For example:
The Seasonal Health Intervention Network (SHINE) is a fuel poverty referral network and free energy advice service for Londoners. SHINE London offers a dedicated helpline and affordable warmth interventions to ensure households get the help they need to reduce utility bills, tackle energy debt and ultimately stay well and warm.
SHINE accepts referrals for households of any tenure, with an income below £16,190 or where a households member falls under a SHINE target group:
- Has a disability
- Has a long-term health conditions worsened by the cold
- Is a child under 15
- Is an adult over 60
Find out more here.
Warm community spaces:
Warm community spaces are open across the borough where residents can go during the day to keep warm as the weather gets colder.
The council and local community partners are offering free, non-judgemental spaces where people can go to stay warm, maybe enjoy some company and a hot drink.
Please click here to find a list of warm community space near you.
Warm Home Hacks:
Energy Saving Trust have put together a guide to help you save energy and money on bills at home. Find out more here.
The Warm Home Discount:
You may be eligible for money of your electricity bills with ‘The Warm Home Discount’ scheme.
If you meet the criteria (receiving benefits due to disability / receiving benefits and have a child under 5), you could receive a one-off discount of up to £140 off your electricity bills. Find out more here, or visit the government website for more information.