Southwark Council Cost of Living Fund – Get financial support if you’re struggling


Apply directly to our Southwark Cost of Living Fund.

The Council Cost of Living Fund is for people on a low income and in urgent need of extra cash support this winter.

You can apply for £100 as a one off payment. The money is to help pay your heating and food bills.

The fund is open to applications now and until March 2024.

The maximum number of applications per household is two. If you make a first application before Christmas/ New Year, you cannot make another until after 4 January 2024.

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Who can get help through the Cost of Living Fund

You're eligible if you're on a low income and in urgent need of support and all these apply:
  • You live in Southwark or you have been placed in temporary accommodation by Southwark Council
  • You make less than £20,000 after income tax and have less than £16,000 in savings
  • You contribute towards the energy bills of your home
  • you do not receive any of these welfare benefits
  • You have not already had two payments from the Southwark Cost of Living Fund – there are a maximum of 2 payments made per property

You can apply if you receive Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Reduction

Who cannot apply for the fund

You cannot claim through the Cost of Living Fund using this form if you claim any of the following benefits:
  • Universal Credit
  • Pension Credit
  • Employment and Support Allowance (income based)
  • Jobseekers Allowance (income based)
  • Income Support
  • Working Tax Credit
If you're claiming these benefits please visit the Southwark Benefits and Support page

Make your claim by completing this form

It'll take around 10 to 15 minutes. You'll need your National Insurance number.

This scheme is assisted by the UK Government’s Household Support Fund.

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