Material Poverty and Deprivation

An increasing number of people in the country are faced with a daily struggle to make ends meet. Testimonies abound of parents skipping meals so their children can have enough to eat. A 2011 study by the Centre of Analysis of Social Exclusion at the London School of Economics found that almost half of children in low-income households in London now come from working families*.

*Lupton, R. (2011) Poverty and inequality in London: anticipating the effects of tax and benefits reforms. London School of Economics.

Resources on Food Poverty

Tips and recipes for nutritious, tasty meals on a budget.

These resources aim to make every pound go further in order to help reduce pressure on already overstretched family budgets.

NHS 20 tips to eat well for less

Budget recipe collections

Bags of Taste cooking programme

Skint Dad-Budget Recipes

Resources on Fuel Poverty and Water Bills

The Warm Home Discount

The Warm Home Discount is a government scheme obligates the UK’s largest energy suppliers to credit £140 discount onto the electricity bills of certain low-income households. Customers who get the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit will receive a letter by mid-December advising whether the discount will be paid automatically by their energy supplier, or if they need to contact the helpline. The helpline opened on 12 October 2020 and people will need to confirm their eligibility before 26 February 2021.

To contact the service, telephone: 0800 731 0214

Citizens Advice gas and electricity price comparison website is a trustworthy way to compare prices and switch to lower cost suppliers. If you have limited internet access you can phone the Citizens Advice consumer service on 03454 040506. They will send you a factsheet with the deals available in your area. Do not worry in both cases if you have never heard of the company that comes out best: Ofgem has a safety net to move you to a new supplier without interruption in the unlikely event that a supplier goes out of business; but at the same time it would not be sensible to build up a lot of credit with an unknown company.

Another useful source of information on how to save energy and get help if you are struggling to pay your energy bills is the Energy Saving Trust

If you are particularly interested in green energy, you may want to visit

There is much more to reducing one's water bills in addition to not leaving a tap running. Consumer Council for Water has advice and guidance to help households save money on their water bills and get help in times of need.

Money Matters

If you are struggling with money or do not know which benefits you are entitled to, you can access information and advice by contacting various
specialised agencies .These include Turn2us which gives access to a benefit calculator to help you find what benefits, tax credit or other state support you are entitled to. You can use their grant search to find small grants and goods from many charitable funds. You can also find out what other financial advice and support is available.