'Help For Households' Scheme Enlists Supermarkets To Help Keep Summer Prices Down..

The government has launched a 'Help For Households' scheme, designed to give advice on what help is available during these difficult economic times.

The government has launched a 'Help For Households' scheme, designed to give advice on what help is available during these difficult economic times.

The scheme gives information on the various schemes and assistance being offered at government and local government levels, so UK households can see what financial assistance options may be available to them.

Below is an example of what you can find on the scheme's website.

 The government has launched a 'Help For Households' scheme, designed to give advice on what help is available during these difficult economic times.

The scheme, for example, gives information as below for those looking for help with their bills (links will take you to the relevant website/organisation):

Cost of Living Payment

Households on means-tested benefits, including Universal Credit, Pension Credit and Tax Credits, will receive a payment of £650 this year.

This will be made automatically in two instalments, one in summer and another in the autumn, and is in addition to the £400 discount on energy bills.

Find out more information

Energy Bills Support Scheme

£400 will be taken off your energy bill from October if you live in Great Britain.

This is an automatic grant, which does not need to be paid back and requires no action.

Disability Cost of Living Payment

Individuals on disability benefits will receive a one-off £150 payment in September to help with extra costs, such as for specialist equipment or transport.

This is in addition to the £650 Cost of Living Payment for disabled people who also receive means-tested benefits.

Check if you’re eligible for the Disability Cost of Living Payment

Winter fuel payments and Pensioner Cost of Living Payment

In the winter months, pensioners can get between £100 and £300 to help pay heating bills.

This winter, they will also receive an extra one-off £300 Pensioner Cost of Living Payment, which will be paid as an automatic top-up to the Winter Fuel Payment. Check if you’re eligible for the Winter Fuel Payment

Energy Bill Price Cap

The energy price cap continues to insulate households from even higher global gas prices, so families continue to pay lower bills for their electricity and gas than they otherwise would without it.

Council Tax rebate

If you live in Council Tax bands A to D in England, you’ll get £150 back from your Council Tax bill (4 out of 5 households in England). For most people, the rebate is automatic; however, if you don’t pay your Council Tax by direct debit, then get in touch with your Council. More information on the Council tax rebate

Cold weather payments

£25 extra a week, if you’re getting certain benefits, is available during the winter when the temperature is zero or below for more than seven days. Check if you’re eligible

Warm Home Discount

This autumn, nearly three million low-income households are eligible for a £150 rebate on their winter electricity bills. Check with your energy supplier to see if you are eligible

0% VAT on energy-saving materials

It will be cheaper for you to install energy-saving materials such as thermal insulation or solar panels with 0% VAT for the next five years, helping to improve energy efficiency in your home and keep heating bills down. Find energy grants and ways to save energy in your home

Household Support Fund

£1.5 billion has been made available to support the most vulnerable to cover their essential daily costs, like energy bills. Recipients include pensioners and families with children. Contact your local Council to check if you’re eligible for the Household Support Fund

Budgeting loans

You may be eligible for a Budgeting Loan if you’ve been on certain benefits for 6 months. This can be used for household items, rent in advance and travelling costs. Check if you’re eligible for a Budgeting Loan

Cheaper phone and broadband

You may be eligible to move onto a social tariff if you struggle to afford your broadband or phone services.

Check the Ofcom website to see if you can switch to a social tariff.

Help paying your Water Bill

Many water companies run hardship schemes or fund independent charitable trusts which can help you pay your bills. Get support paying your Water Bill

TV Licence fee freeze

The TV licence fee has been frozen at £159 until 2024. This means households will not see any change to the licence fee until 1 April 2024.

Find out more information on free TV Licence for over 75‘s

UK companies have started to come on board with the scheme, with Amazon now having a dedicated page on its website advising on how the company is offering help to its customers during this economic turmoil, such as offering a Tesco Clubcard price match, keeping it's food offerings at a comparable price to Tesco own brand and branded products.

Asda has stated it will help feed kids for £1 this summer in store cafés across the country, any time of day within opening hours, seven days a week.

To help parents to keep their children fed, which can be difficult when the kids are home and eating you out of house and home, and when you normally can rely on the children getting a hot meal at school, the supermarket is giving children aged 16 and under a hot or cold meal for £1 with no minimum adult spend required, meaning the adult could buy a pack of crisps and the kids could then get a proper meal for £1, which would be hard to replicate at home, or at least be harder to offer a balanced meal, for that price.

The offer is available from the 25th of July 2022 and finishes on the 4th of September. However, there are rumours that this offer will be extended until the end of the year.

Asda has also launched a " Living Hub", which is a website advising on how to save money and how to manage your money better, and has also introduced a more comprehensive range of Essential type products at low prices.