Cost of Living Support

Find out what support is available to help with the cost of living. This includes income and disability benefits, bills and allowances, childcare, housing and travel.

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Oxfordshire County Council
Cherwell District Council
West Oxfordshire District Council
Oxford City Council
South Oxfordshire District Council
Vale of White Horse District Council

Other Information

The Money Advice Service - Offers free and impartial money advice to help improve your finances. 

StepChange - For free debt advice and support to get your finances back on track - call them on 0800 138 111

Homeless Support - If you are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless find information and help here

Food Poverty Training - Food Poverty is a growing issue for many people in Oxfordshire– and Good Food Oxford have designed this training to give you tools, to feel both confident and skilled to help those who are experiencing it. This will help you to better support and signpost those people you encounter who are experiencing food poverty.

Universal Credit and Childcare - You may be able to claim back up to 85% of your childcare costs if you’re eligible for Universal Credit.

Oxfordshire Residents Support Scheme - We’ve launched a new hardship fund to support residents in need of immediate help and who have no other source of financial support available to them.

Household Support FundIn 2023/24 the UK Government has provided the County Council with a grant to increase the funding available for cost-of-living support. Click here to find out more.

Support with Travel Costs

Apply for a railcard from National Rail to save money on rail journeys

Claim 50% off rail journeys from National Rail if you're on Universal Credit

Apply for an older person's bus pass in England

Apply for a disabled person's bus pass in England

Mental Health Support

Oxfordshire Safe Haven - For those who are over 18 and living in Oxfordshire

Connection Support - Local charity that provides flexible and tailored support and advice to adults and families

The Mind Guide - A mental health services directory in Oxfordshire

The Youth in Mind Guide - Information on young people's mental health services in Oxfordshire

Help for Households

See what support is available to help with the cost of living and find out how to save money with our energy saving tips.

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Childcare Choices

Government help with childcare costs for parents.

Whether you have toddlers or teens, you could get support.

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Benefits Calculators

You can use an independent, free and anonymous benefits calculator to check what you could be entitled to.

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Money Saving Expert

Cost of living help guide
90+ ways to save from MSE and MoneySavers

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Citizens Advice

Provides confidential support and advice to assist people with legal, debt, consumer, housing, and other problems. 

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National Debtline

Advice on making the most of your money and dealing with high gas and electricity bills. Call 0808 808 4000 for free debt advice or use their Digital Advice Tool to get instant, tailored debt advice.

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Page last reviewed: 07/09/2023

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