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Do you need help with the cost of living? Take a look at our cost of living help pages: Cost of living help

Cost of living payments

There are payments available from both the UK and Welsh governments to help with the cost of living.

Benefits calculators

If you are not sure if you qualify for any benefits you can use an independent benefits calculator to check.

Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction

If you are on a low income you may be able to apply for Housing Benefit to help with rent costs and/ or Council Tax Reduction to help with council tax costs.

Food banks + support

Locations, opening times and information on how to access food banks in Swansea. There is also information for people who wish to make a donation to a food bank.

Free period products

Free period products are available at a number of locations around Swansea.

Debt advice

Free support and advice on managing debt for people who have money worries or debt concerns.

Find advice and support on benefits

Billions of pounds of means-tested benefits go unclaimed every year. Understanding what you are entitled to and making a claim can seem complicated, but there are organisations that can help you.

Help with fuel and energy costs and other household bills

Help and support available for paying fuel, energy and other household bills.

The Discretionary Assistance Fund

The Discretionary Assistance Fund offers payments or in-kind support to people in Wales needing urgent help.

Discretionary Housing Payments

Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP) are additional payments to help with rent or housing costs. They are only available for people who receive either Housing Benefit or a housing element of Universal Credit.

Other benefits

Find out about statutory welfare benefits for people in different situations.

Benefits appeals and hearings

Information on how to appeal if you do not agree with a decision and what happens at appeal hearings.

Universal Credit migration

Moving to Universal Credit from existing means-tested or 'legacy' benefits.

School Essentials Grant (formerly school uniform grant - PDG access)

Funded by the Welsh Government to assist families on low incomes.

Free school meals

If you are claiming certain benefits you could save money by claiming free school meals for your child.

Housing grants, loans and energy efficiency

There may be financial help available if you are looking to adapt, repair or improve your home, including making it more energy efficient.

Ukraine - how you can help

Swansea is known for being a City of Sanctuary. We have a history of welcoming people of different nationalities, ethnicities and religions as well as those fleeing war and persecution in other countries.
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Last modified on 26 September 2022