Claim free food vouchers to use at your choice of supermarket in Luton

If you are struggling with paying energy bills, food and clothing we can help in a number of practical ways.

We are here to help you every week, and we know things can be particularly hard at the moment with energy price rises and bad weather.

Contact our team who are ready to assist you with shopping vouchers (for eligible households), benefits advice, practical tips for managing your money and helping you to get support from local organisations.

Phone: 0300 303 0201

Email: carerscentral@drcsbeds.org.uk

Get some help now: Simply click the pink ‘Chat with us’ button below, open 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday.

Luton Council announced details of the new Household Support Grant. They say on their website

“The government’s Household Support Fund aims to support households most in need of financial support this winter. It will run until the 31 March 2022, or until the budget has been spent.

The scheme will assist households on low Incomes to get help with food and utilities during the winter months. The fund will also provide:

  • vulnerable households peace of mind during the pandemic
  • help families and their children to be well fed in the school holidays, parents of children who would usually receive a FSM with a supermarket voucher worth £15 per week to cover their meals during the:
    • October 2021 half term holiday
    • Christmas holidays
    • February 2022 half term holiday

Residents of Luton on low incomes will also be invited by letter to contact the Household Support Team to discuss any benefits they may be entitled to and also to be offered assistance with food and utilities.”

Winter money-saving government schemes

Warm Home Discount Scheme – A government scheme that can take £140 off your electricity bill for winter 2021 to 2022. The money is not paid directly to the person but it is a one-off discount on their electricity bill, between October and March. They can get a discount on their gas bill instead if their supplier provides them with both gas and electricity.

There are 2 ways to qualify for the Warm Home Discount Scheme:

Some other money-saving schemes

  • Help to Save – It is a type of savings account that allows certain people entitled to Working Tax Credit or receiving Universal Credit to get a bonus of 50p for every £1 they save over 4 years
  • Cold Weather Payment – It is a payment of £25 made to eligible people if the average temperature drops below zero for seven days in a row. £25 will be paid for each seven day period of cold weather between 1st November and 31st March. It is only available in certain areas and depends on an eligibility criterion

We are here for you…

Contact our team who are ready to assist you with grants, shopping vouchers (for eligible households), benefits advice, practical tips for managing your money, employment support and helping you to get support from local organisations.

Phone: 0300 303 0201

Email: carerscentral@drcsbeds.org.uk

Get some help now: Simply click the pink ‘Chat with us’ button below, open 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday.

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We are here to help unpaid carers across Luton

We are open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 10am to 4pm, and on Tuesdays from 10am to 7pm.

Call: 0300 303 0201

Email: carerscentral@drcbeds.org.uk

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Simply click the pink ‘Chat with us’ button below, open 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday.

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