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Hearing news stories about changes to benefits? Workers’ rights? Energy suppliers?

If you are concerned about how these stories might affect you and your family, click the links below to see the latest advice on trending topics.

Cost Of Living Crisis

As inflation hits the highest point in 30 years, household budgets are already facing enormous pressure. The worst is yet to come, with Ofgem expected to announce a more than 50% increase in the energy price cap from April, just as other price rises hit households.

If you don’t have enough to live on, you might be able to get help from your local council. We have put together a list of resources from Enfield Council

Enfield Council Resources

Homeless supporthttps://new.enfield.gov.uk/services/your-council/enfield-response-to-covid-19/changes-to-council-services/#2
Housing Allocationshttps://new.enfield.gov.uk/services/housing/housing-allocations-scheme/
DHP / CTHardshiphttps://new.enfield.gov.uk/services/benefits/discretionary-payments/#ess
Financial Hardshiphttps://new.enfield.gov.uk/services/your-council/enfield-response-to-covid-19/financial-hardship/
Help with food, fuel and essentialshttps://new.enfield.gov.uk/services/your-council/enfield-response-to-covid-19/financial-hardship/#5
Help with foodhttps://new.enfield.gov.uk/services/your-council/enfield-response-to-covid-19/help-with-food/
Enfield Food pantry – see times at the bottom of the linkhttps://new.enfield.gov.uk/news-and-events/2021-10-08-new-community-food-pantry-opens-at-edmonton-green/  
Benefits – see links to Calculating entitlement, HB & Council Tax Support, Change of circumstances, LHA,https://new.enfield.gov.uk/services/benefits/

If you are struggling to get by on your current income, its vital that you are getting what you are entitled to. Use our benefits calculator to check what you could be claiming:

Benefit Calculator:

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/benefits/benefits-introduction/what-benefits-can-i-get/?utm_campaign=demand&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social

Energy Crisis

For issues with your energy provider, call our

Consumer Helpline:

0808 223 1133

The UK has been hit with an energy crisis; this has led to the collapse of some energy suppliers. If your energy supplier has stopped trading, don’t worry, you won’t be cut off.

For more information, follow this link:

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/energy/energy-supply/problems-with-your-energy-supply/your-energy-supplier-has-gone-bust/

Energy prices are set to rise by £153 a year, our analysis shows that 28% of households in which someone receives Universal Credit are behind on their energy bill. If you are worried about paying your energy bills, support is available:
https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/energy/energy-supply/get-help-paying-your-bills/struggling-to-pay-your-energy-bills/

Download our Energy Advice Booklet by clicking the link:

Debt Help

The cut to universal credit, the rise in energy prices and inflation could result in a perfect storm for some Enfield residents. If you are worried about debt, we are here to help.

Debt Helpline:

0800 240 4420


To chat with an advisor online, use this link:

Online chat:

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/about-us/contact-us/contact-us/web-chat-service/


For support on how best to budget, use this link to our budgeting tool:

Working out your budget:

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/debt-and-money/budgeting/budgeting/work-out-your-budget/