We know that many people are struggling with food and energy costs and how hard it can be to make ends meet. And sadly, we know that things are likely to get worse during the winter. You might be able to take advantage of certain benefits, grants and help offered by the government and energy suppliers.
Citizen Advice for grants and benefits to help you pay your energy bills. More information here.
UK Government cost of living support help for households. More information here.
If you are feeling overwhelmed and unsure where to go for support, please contact us. If you feel that you have exhausted your efforts in claiming benefits you are entitled to and Citizens’ Advice; that you may require further financial support than please ask us at the SBS to see if you qualify for SBS financial aid.
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Provides financial help in emergencies or in the form of regular pensions. Application for aid and subsequent approval based on qualification is required for financial aid.
Some areas the SBS can help:
- Application for financial aid, explanation of the process and requirements.
- Qualified and committee approved applicant – 1 year aid benefits paid every 4 weeks
- Qualified and committee approved applicant – Special Once Off payment
Some of the many situations where you or someone you know may benefit from financial aid:
Financial Aid – Received every 4 weeks for 1 year: Miss R. is retired on a state pension. She has been struggling financially and using savings for many years which is now very low. She has asked the SBS for help and received the financial aid application form, with information on how to apply detailing the procedures for application, documents to provide and qualification criteria. The SBS office had a conversation initially with Miss R. and then followed-up with an in-person meeting.
Once the application was complete the administration presented it to the committee for review. Miss R was granted financial aid paid every 4 weeks for 1 year; at the end of the year, her financial situation will be reviewed again.
Financial Aid – Once Off: Mr. P required a cooker, which is a big expense, but he needed it as an essential means to feed himself regularly. When his cooker was out of order he simply could not be bothered to cook or eat well. In order to stay healthy, the SBS granted a once-off aid payment to purchase a cooker based upon his financial application submitted to the committee and his discussions with the administrator.