Cost of living help

We understand residents may be concerned about the rising cost of living so we have put together some information, and useful links to a range of different agencies, which may be able to help those needing further support.

Help for Households

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has announced that more than three million households will qualify for the Warm Home Discount. The automatic one-off £150 payment will help eligible, low-income customers pay their energy bills over the winter.

There is no need to contact anyone, the money is not paid to you - it’s a one-off discount applied to your electricity bill between early October 2023 and 31 March 2024. If you might be eligible, you’ll get a letter by early January 2024. The Household Support Fund offers vouchers to vulnerable pensioners and families to help with fuel and food costs.

No direct applications will be accepted. A referral must be made on behalf of applicants, from a professional support worker or agency.

County-wide support

Help with cost of living and details of support for residents across Leicestershire are available on the Leicestershire County Council's dedicated page.

Support in the Harborough district

Links to organisations and government schemes which offer advice, support and urgent assistance to residents of the Harborough district can be accessed via the buttons and links below.

Warm Welcome

Registered organisations will confirm their free, warm, welcoming spaces for the public over this winter across the UK. We will update this page when local organisations have confirmed times and venues.

  • Funding updates

    Keep up to date with Government funding opportunities and payment dates.

  • Warm homes

    Find support to keep your home warm or if you’re struggling with energy bills.

  • Charities

    Find links to national and local organisations that offer help, advice and support.

  • Foodbanks

    Find local foodbanks in the Harborough District.

  • Priorities services register

    Check if you are eligible to join the Priorities Services Register.

  • Housing/ Homeless

    Find help with housing, including the housing register and those at risk of being homeless.