10 top tips to help with the cost of living

  1. If you are working, check you are receiving the national minimum wage
  2. If you are on a low income (in or out of work) check if you are entitled to Universal Credit or receiving all benefits you could.
  3. You can ask for money for essential items like food, clothing, fuel, and white goods. Apply for a Household Support Fund (HSF) online or call 08085 834 333 or apply via
  4. Get help with paying your rent by applying for a Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) 024 7683 3773 www.coventry.gov.uk/dhp
  5. Look to see if you can apply for Council Tax Support and ask for your Council Tax to spread over 12 months to reduce your monthly bill.
  6. Become a member of one of the Social supermarkets/Food Hubs so you can get £20-25 worth of food for a £4 membership every week.
  7. Get help with school uniform, school shoes, clothing from Clothing Coventry.
  8. Contact your energy supplier if you are finding it hard to pay your bill. Also contact the Warm and Safe Homes advice Line: 0800 304 7159, or Act on Energy 0800 988 2881
  9. Emergency free food and support can be accessed through the Coventry Food Banks. Contact them on 024 7699 3770.
  10. Get help with your water bill by applying to the Big Difference Scheme with Severn Trent on 0345 7500 500