Cost of Living Assistance

As you are aware, we are currently living in a Cost of Living crisis and this will impact immensely on all of us. We understand that some patient groups will be more vulnerable to the effects of this crisis than others.

Rising prices are impacting every single household, but the reality is that the least affluent are being hardest hit. With a greater percentage of their household income going on essentials such as food and energy, many households are already struggling to cope.

Being able to identify and support those in greatest need is now at the forefront of Trust wide services.

Below are useful links that could assist you and your families. This list is not exhaustive, but covers the main areas available to assist. This includes what financial assistance is available to you.

General links and resources

Money worries

Advice for employees on sickness absence and sick pay if you need to take time off due to chronic pain, from ACAS 

www.acas.org.uk/advice

Government information regarding financial support for disabilities

www.gov.uk/financial-help-disabled/disability-and-sickness-benefits

How to claim universal credit and other benefits

www.understandinguniversalcredit.gov.uk/employment-and-benefits-support/

How to claim back your healthcare travel costs

www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/help-with-health-costs/healthcare-travel-costs-scheme-htcs/

How to adapt your home, home safety, and moving to get more support

www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/care/housing-options/

Financial, practical, employment, technology and wellbeing support for carers

www.nhs.uk/conditions/social-care-and-support-guide/support-and-benefits-for-carers/

Cheaper broadband

Cheaper broadband for struggling families: 14 August 2022 - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

StepChange

About StepChange. The UK's Largest Debt Charity.

Citizens Advice - Get help with the cost of living

Get help with the cost of living - Citizens Advice

Managing your mental health

Guidance for supporting your mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak (from Public Health England)

www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-public-on-mental-health-and-wellbeing/guidance-for-the-public-on-the-mental-health-and-wellbeing-aspects-of-coronavirus-covid-19

NHS top tips for coping with anxiety

www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/anxiety/

Information to support your wellbeing (from mental health charity Mind)

www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/

Find NHS Psychological Therapies

www.nhs.uk/Service-Search/Psychological%20therapies%20(IAPT)/LocationSearch/10008

Confidential, emotional support from Samaritans, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year

www.samaritans.org/

London Borough of Barking and Dagenham

London Borough of Havering

Money advice and beneifts help - Havering Borough council

https://www.havering.gov.uk/info/20012/housing_benefit_and_council_tax_support/463/money_advice_and_benefits_help/3

'Council agrees annual budget and package of support to help with the Cost of Living' - Article

https://www.havering.gov.uk/news/article/1073/council_agrees_annual_budget_and_package_of_support_to_help_with_cost_of_living

Havering emergency assistance scheme

https://www.dabd.org.uk/help-and-advice/help-with-money/havering-emergency-assistance-scheme

Havering citizens advice

https://www.haveringcab.org/

YMCA Warm Spaces

YMCA Warm Spaces, 29 Rush Green Road, Mondays and Fridays from 10AM to 2PM

 

London Borough of Redbridge

London Borough of Waltham Forest