People found to be eligible through the Turn2us calculator receive an average extra £5,000 per year, the organisation said.
Check for grants
To receive some grants, you need to be claiming all the benefits you’re already entitled to. From there, you might be eligible for a one-off sum to help you through a hard time.
Many are also open to people who have no recourse to public funds because of their immigration status, unlike benefits.
Try the Turn2us grants search and, if you live under a devolved government, check if there are any schemes specific to where you are such as the Scottish Welfare Fund.
For energy bills, the government has a host of different schemes you can apply to which can help you pay your bills like the Warm Home Discount and Winter Fuel Payment.
But if you’re struggling to pay your heating bill, your first port of call should be your supplier.
You should be able to negotiate a payment plan which works for you and the supplier should take into account how much you can afford to pay.
If you receive benefits such as income support, income-based jobseekers’ allowance, employment and support allowance, pension credit or universal credit (while unemployed) you may be able to pay energy bills or debts through your benefits.
Recipients of benefits may be eligible for other schemes to help pay for heating such as the Warm Home Discount. For more information on the help you could be entitled to, Citizens Advice has a list of schemes and grants available for those who need help paying.
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Universal credit has replaced housing benefit for most people, so – if you’re not already receiving it – check if you’re entitled to the housing element of the payment.
If you already claim benefits and they don’t cover your rent, you might be able to get a discretionary housing payment through your council.
You could be entitled to a discount on your council tax too if, for example, you are the only adult living in your household or are a carer living with the person you care for. Find out more on the government website.
If you need immediate help affording food, one of the quickest ways to avoid going hungry is to visit a food bank.
You will need to get a referral to use most food banks, from organisations such as Citizens Advice or local services like schools, charities or GPs.
Your local authority might also be able to give you a referral and, in some cases, give you vouchers for supermarkets, clothes or travel.
For more support
The effects of poverty on mental health – and vice versa – are well-documented. If you’re struggling with your mental wellbeing while trying to make ends meet, organisations such as Mind can offer expert support.
Other organisations like StepChange, Turn2us and Citizens Advice can guide you through the best steps to take if your income doesn’t cover the increasing cost of living.