Cost of living support

On this page you will find links to support and advice that is available from the Governement, community groups and other agencies, to support you with the cost of living.

Even if you don't claim any benefits you may be entitled to support you weren’t aware of, and not just monetary support, but good advice from legitimate sources you can trust.

You can also get more help from the Government's Help for Households campaign website.

Check the special support the Government has made available

Don’t miss out on benefits you may be entitled to

If you have children

For utility bills and energy costs

  • Get real, free advice on energy saving measures and affordable warmth you can contact the HEAT advisory service on 0800 043 2815.  They can help you find the best gas and electric deals and help you if you are in fuel debt and struggling to heat your home.

  • You may be eligible for help towards your energy bills, energy debt, boiler repairs and more: Energy rebate | Tamworth Borough Council

  • Staffordshire Warmer Homes Scheme - Staffordshire Warmer Homes is a scheme run by Staffordshire County Council, in partnership with district and borough councils. Their goal is to combat fuel poverty across the county and help residents to heat their homes for less using greener and more energy efficient solutions.

  • Beat the Cold advisors provide a first class, invaluable service for residents living across Staffordshire. All visits are by appointment only. Advisers are trained to give energy advice; they follow agency policies on safeguarding children and vulnerable adults; and they are all subject to an enhanced CRB check.

  • Cheaper broadband and phone package - Social tariffs are cheaper broadband and phone packages for people claiming specific benefits such as universal credit, pension credit and some others. Social tariffs can also be known as essential or basic broadband. They provide the same benefits as normal packages they are just at a lower price. They range in cost from £10 to £20 a month. 

There are also a lot of organisations who can provide independent energy advice about keeping warm and available grants.

For other household costs like food 

If you have debt concerns

Local warm spaces 

A list of local places that offer activities for free with funding from MPFT, including warm spaces for social groups is running from November 21 –  March 31, 2023.

  • Every Monday (with the exception of:December 12, December 19, December 26, January 2, 2023): Warm space to have a cuppa and warm snack and watch TV or a film from 10am-1pm at Tamworth Assembly Rooms
  • Monday-Friday: Soup and a pudding from 11am – 2pm at Communities Together CIC - The Hub, Castle Grounds
  • Thursday and Friday: Social Group and soup or a sandwich from 12pm - 4 pm at Sacred Heart Church, Glascote
  • Every Saturday: Heat and Eat - FREE Warm space for socialising with a hot drink and a snack from 10.30 am – 2.30 pm at Creative Choices Building at Exley Centre, Belgrave.
  • Saturday and Sunday: Soup Kitchen from 12.15pm – Mid afternoon (dependant on demand) at St Johns Church,Tamworth

(Please note these activities may vary so contact the venue directly for further details).

General Help and Wellbeing

Staffordshire County Council - Staying Well
Tamworth Anti-Social Behaviour Team: Tel: 01827 709709 or Police 101 Email: communitysafety@tamworth.gov.uk
Environmental issues - littering, dog fouling, fly tipping, abandoned vehicles: Email: enquiries@tamworth.gov.uk
Community Wardens: Tel: 01827 709709. Email: enquiries@tamworth.gov.uk
Tamworth Police. Email: tamworth.npu@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk
Staffordshire Smart Alert: www.staffordshiresmartalert.co.uk
Domestic Abuse support – New Era www.new-era.uk Tel: 0300 303 3778
Harmony ASB support service - Phone: 0330 1757 258. Lines are open 9am-5pm, Mon – Fri. Out of hours support line: 08 08 16 89111