If you are a resident of Lincs Rural you may be entitled to our support fund. We recognise that residents can suffer severe
hardship and have their home and family put at risk without the means to help themselves. We aim to provide a high-quality service to
residents and others and to care for the health and well-being of our residents. We recognise that in challenging fnancial times,
unexpected expenditure can tip the balance for those who are already struggling.
Please take time to read this leaflet that explains everything.
Turn2us is a national charity providing practical information and support to end financial insecurity. Use the free Benefits Calculator and Grants Search to find out what help you can get.
New cost of living payments for means-tested benefit claimants start in spring 2023. Payments will go directly to bank accounts in three payments during the financial year. There will also be extra cash for some disabled people and pensioners. Find the details of existing and upcoming schemes on the gov.uk website:
The third party deduction scheme is designed to protect claimants in receipt of income-related benefits. Third party deductions for fuel debt is sometimes called ‘Fuel Direct’. It is used when a claimant has arrears of essential household outgoings. Other methods to recover the debt must have been tried, for example negotiating different ways of paying and managing bills. There must be a real possibility of enforcement action before consideration is given to applying for a deduction.
The services provided by food banks may vary from area to area as they react to the needs of their community to provide help and support to local people in crisis.
Food banks rely on the support of local communities to help stop UK hunger, The link below will take you to a list of food banks
Top tips for keeping warm this winter
Protect your health
There are a number of things you can do to prepare against the cold weather:
Check on your neighbours
By spending ten minutes visiting an elderly neighbour, you really could make a difference to their safety during the winter months.
If you’re concerned the person may have hypothermia, contact NHS 111.
For more information on how to reduce your bills and make your home more energy efficient, go to the government’s Simple Energy Advice website, or call the Simple Energy Advice helpline on 0800 444 202.
You can also find out about heating and housing benefits on GOV.UK.
It’s worth claiming all the benefits you’re entitled to as soon as winter begins.
Big Energy Saving Network. Read more...
Energy Advice Booklet – How to understand energy and save money. Read more…
Introducing WaterCare – Priority services register and extra care support. Read more…
As the colder months come upon us it is important you know how to get the most from your energy provider.
If you sign up to your supplier’s Priority Services Register (PSR), you can get extra help and support with your energy supply.
Who is eligible to join the Priority Services Register?
Anyone who is vulnerable because of age, chronic illness, disability or personal circumstances. For example, you could apply if you’re:
You could also qualify to join the PSR if your movement is restricted or you have difficulty walking – if you’re in a wheelchair, for example. You might have a long-term or serious illness, a heart condition, arthritic hands, breathing difficulties or speech problems. You should also apply if you depend on electricity to keep any of these running in your home:
Can I apply on behalf of someone else?
If you’re a carer for, or a friend or relation of, an energy customer who you believe should be on the Priority Services Register, get in touch to let us know.
They could qualify to be on the Register if they have dementia or learning difficulties, if they’re confused, if they speak very little English (or none), or if they meet any of the criteria in the section above.
Help you can get
If you’re on the PSR, you could get:
How to sign up
Contact your supplier to see if you’re eligible to sign up to the PSR. If you have different suppliers for gas and electricity, you’ll need to call them both.
You’ll need to register again if you change your energy supplier.
Please select the link below to read all about the warm home discount scheme:
Your local authority may be able to support with your energy issue directly through the Household Support or let you know about local services in your area that can help you.
The Household Support Fund provides funding to help people who are struggling to afford food and utility bills (heating, cooking, lighting) and water (including drinking, washing, cooking, central heating, sewerage and sanitary purposes). This support is provided directly by your local authority.
You may also be eligible for help through a number of other schemes:
The government has also already given households that are on Band A – D a £150 council tax rebate. You should have received this in April. If you haven’t got your rebate, you should contact your local council.
Finding your local authority/council
If you are not sure who your local authority is, you can find out by typing in your postcode on the government website - www.gov.uk/find-local-council