Helping hand: get help with the cost of living
Residents are facing more pressure on household budgets due to the increase in the cost of living, food and energy bills. There's a range of help and advice available. Use the links on this page to see what cost of living help is available, how to apply and where to go for advice
If you need to ring us our lines are open Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm, telephone: 01706 923685
Cost of living support on GOV.UK
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.View cost of living support available on GOV.UK
How to get free data
We're part of the National Databank, and we can offer people up to 6 months of free data. We can provide SIM cards and help you set them up so you can use the internet on your devices.More on getting free data
Groundwork's Green Doctor programme
Groundwork's Green Doctors offer free, impartial advice and support to help you save energy, reduce your bills, and live in a warmer, more comfortable home.Keep your home safe, dry and warm
Help for households and businesses with the cost of living
The government is also offering help for households and businesses. See what cost of living support you could be eligible for.View available help for households and businesses (GOV.UK)
Cost of Living Payment
You could get an extra payment to help with the cost of living if you’re entitled to certain benefits or tax credits.More on the Cost of Living Payment
If you have particular needs, for example medical equipment and young children, you can sign up for the Electricity North West free extra care register for them to help you keep safe and comfortable until the power is back on.Register for extra care or report a power cut in your area
Find your local foodbank or join a food club.
You do not need to re-apply for free school meals every year unless your circumstances change.
The council doesn't provide grants for school uniforms, however, there are several things you could consider to help you reduce some of the costs.
These Warm Welcome Spaces are places where local people can gather for free in a warm, safe, welcoming place and enjoy a free drink, activities and access to other services.
You can borrow a laptop or tablet from your local library for up to 9 weeks. We also offer free data for you to use on your devices.
Learn how to identify and report a loan shark, and borrow money safely from a credit union.
Top tips about keeping warm, preparing your home, staying heathy and connected with your community.
Find out how to report a power cut in your area, and how to stay safe and comfortable until the power is back on.
Check the weather conditions and road updates before you travel or use public transport.
Find out how to save money and keep your home warm.
Visit Recycle for Greater Manchester's Renew shops to purchase pre-loved household items at an affordable price.
Taking small steps to improve your health, lifestyle and more can help to reduce your carbon footprint and also save you money.
The borough of Rochdale has so much to offer for families looking for fun, or people who want to relax on a budget.
Scammers may sometimes contact you pretending to be from Ofgem and may try to suggest you switch energy suppliers and ask for your bank details or offer rebates.
Help for businesses
The government's Energy Bill Relief Scheme (EBRS) will cut energy prices for non-domestic energy customers such as businesses and charities.
Get advice and support with finding grants, health and safety, starting a new business, and more.