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 

Housing costs

  • 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.

Energy costs

  • 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

Food support

Money and debt advice 

Managing money:

  • 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:

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.

View further information and apply