£650 to all residents on benefits, paid in installments
£400 energy grant to all household, Paid in installments
£150 Council Tax rebate band A-D
Most households have recieved this already
£300 Pensioner Cost of living payment plus winter fuel allowance
£150 Disability payment all subject to change!!!!
Household Support Fund = Somerset Council
Supermarket vouchers; energy top up vouchers for pre payment vouchers, contributions towards essential basic clothing, non branded school uniform, baby items; white goods; Standard divan beds and mattresses
Department for work and pensions
For an overall view of the benefits available and who qualifies
CAB Advice (Citizens Advice Bureau)
Advice on cost of living, help to sort out bills
Community Support Foundation Advice
Debt advice from energy Companies
Please check your own supplier if not listed here.
Financial advice on debt
StepChange Debt Charity
Call free on 0800 138 1111
Call free on 0808 808 4000
How to save money on heating
mythbuster- challenging misconceptions
Reducing energy use
Octopus energy saving tips
Reducing energy use
EDF energy saving tips
Struggling to pay
Octopus advice if you are struggling
Works across England to eradicate fuel poverty and raise awareness
Warm blankets and electric blankets,
Free electric blankets for octopus customers
contact your energy supplier
Switch to all LED lighting
Save 75% with LED lights, and they last 25% longer
Princess theatre Cafe, more to follow
Sign post sources of help / advice
Help Centre | Energy Support & FAQs | EDF (edfenergy.com) https://www.edfenergy.com/for-home/help-with-energy-bills . Centrica, help offered
Community Renewable Energy Project
Water bills and reducing waste. Struggling to pay
Bristol Water. NB we are still in a drought period
Sign post sources of help / advice
WESSEX Water advice. NB We are still in a drought period
Ideas for water saving
Enable ride sharing
Ask your employer if they have a scheme or set one up
An accessible bus service funded by Somerset County Council for people unable to access conventional transport
Start riding a bike if you can, or sell your old one
Hope Baptist, Church Street, Highbridge. Foodbank covers
Burnham, Highbridge and immediate surrounding areas.
Open 9.30- 12noon.
Contact 07570 707400 for more information. referral needed Tues and Saturday at Burnham Methodist College Street, 10am-12noon
Food Pantry Morland Hub Highbridge
The Food Pantry at the Morland Hub costs £3.50 per week for members
Burnham and Highbridge Hunger Relief Foodbank,
MONDAY MORNINGS Bay club No referral needed
The Waffle Club Community Cafe
Burnham on sea Methodist church
Free school meals – holidays
Friday Lunch Club Morland hall
11am-1.15pm. £5 per adult,
£3 per child for a 3 course meal, consisting of home made soup and bread, main course dish of the day, and a choice of 2 desserts.
Booking 1 week in advance, tel Mandy Porter on 0791 8051689
Kitchen energy and money saving tips (BBC)
there are lots of energy saving links here from the BBC
meals for the microwave
Slow cooker meals, try batch cooking if you can
Lots of pre- loved clothes at low prices
University of the third age.
Coffee morning at Burnham-on-Sea Thurs 9.45am, Burnham Community centre
Highbridge10am-12 Wed 10am-12. Lots of activities throughout the week.
eg – invite neighbors for lunch; Might also be energy efficient
Check on vulnerable neighbours
lend a fleecy blanket, make sure they have a hot meal, pop in for a cuppa
Advice to keep well through the winter
Links to many other groups to help with mental wellbeing
Solar panels and solar streets
A long term project. The more houses in your street that get solar panels from the same company can get discounted prices
Community Food project, sharing gardens
Some offer garden space/ others offer labour in return for agreed percentage of crop
Can we get more. These are hard to come by, but maybe you know someone who could help.
Edible Street. Streets come together to plant crops in pots, potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, herbs etc and leave out front for neighbors
0% loan to help people living in off-gas properties spread the cost of heating their home
The current energy crisis is having an effect on everyone, coupled with the rising cost of living. Living without mains gas can be expensive. For those who are buying home heating fuel in bulk, a council-funded loan may be an alternative solution to spread the cost.
Sedgemoor District Council work in partnership with Lendology CIC, a Social Enterprise lender, to provide council funded 0% Bulk Buy Fuel loans to homeowners, social tenants, and private tenants to spread the cost over the winter months. Passionate about tackling fuel poverty, they provide finance to a wide range of people, including those who may not be able to use mainstream finance providers.
The loan can be used to purchase oil, gas, wood or other bulk-buy fuel sources and is repayable over six to twelve months. Lendology encourage residents to save alongside the loan where possible to create resilience in paying for the next bulk purchase and to use local bulk-buy schemes to save money.
With approximately one in six houses are off-gas across the UK, bulk buying home-heating fuel is a challenge that is faced by so many households. Renewable Energy Loans are available to support homeowners to de-carbonise their homes by moving to more sustainable heating solutions. However, this may not be a feasible option for everyone, and so bulk buying fuel is a requirement. Finding the funding upfront can be challenging, especially for people who have only just moved into an off-gas home and have been unable to prepare for the cost of this purchase”.
For more information, visit www.lendology.org.uk or call Lendology on 01823 461099.
With the current living crises problem and the recommendation of electric blankets and certain electric heaters, along with a recent electric blanket fire in Bridgewater, it would be good to promote safe use of these appliances as well as DS Fire and Rescue free home checks.