Many residents are currently struggling with rising living costs. That’s why it’s important to know what help and support is available.
Below are some sources of support that could help you or someone you know.
You can also read more about the government's Help for Households
Support for residents
Support with your living costs
- Emergency Financial Support
Financial support for individuals and families in crisis due to an emergency or disaster may be available from Wirral Council. This may include help for those leaving a care home, prison, hospital or similar, to become established in the community. Eligibility criteria does apply.
- Check benefits you may be able to claim
Find out what support you might be able to get to help with your living costs.
- Cost of Living Payment
Check if you are eligible for an extra payment to help with the cost of living if you’re entitled to certain benefits or tax credits
- Council Tax Support
The Council Tax Support scheme helps people towards the cost of their Council Tax bill.
- Housing Benefit Support
If you are unemployed or on a low income and live in rented accommodation you could get Housing Benefit to pay all or part of your rent.
- Help to reduce energy costs
For help about reducing your energy costs, keeping warm in winter, fuel debt or accessing financial support for insulation or heating improvements
- Help with your energy bills
Find out more about one-off support to help with the cost of living and your energy bills
- Help with cheaper broadband and phone packages (Ofcom)
- Wirral Foodbank
Providing emergency food to local people in crisis
- List of Community Food Support Hubs
- Healthy voucher national scheme (NHS)
Money and debt advice
- Money Helper
For free guidance and support on everyday money matters and worries
- Benefits Advice
For information on benefits and tax credits if you are working or unemployed, sick or disabled, a parent, a young person, an older person or a veteran
- Debt Advice
For free and independent debt advice over the phone and online
Extra support if you have children
Free school meals:
- funding and financial support
Check if your child is entitled to free school meals
- free childcare for two year olds
Two year olds who live in Wirral may be eligible for 15 hours free childcare per week, which adds up to 570 hours per year.
- Early Years Pupil Premium (3 and 4 year olds funding)
Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) is extra funding available for all early years providers that offer early years education for 3 and 4 year olds.
Support for employment, education and training and mental health
- Wirral InfoBank
Find organisations that can support you into work, education, training, and support your general emotional and psychological wellbeing for a range of ages, as well as guidance and local support for self-employed people and businesses.
Cost of Living CVF Grant Fund
This grant programme will build on the strong collaboration with the CVF sector and intends to mitigate the impact on people already experiencing financial hardship, to prevent other from becoming financially insecure and to prepare to support people when they need help.
Constituted organisations, community interest companies or charities can apply. Applications must be received before 12 noon on Monday 14 October 2022.