The aim of this focus page is to offer materials to support families and communities through this cost-of-living crisis.
We start by outlining the Welsh Government Guidance: Get help with the cost of living, the Fuel Support Scheme, and the UK Government UK Help for Households campaign and Cost of living campaign, to then list education subsidies and schemes that you could qualify for, followed by a map of food banks across Wales to help families and communities locate their closest one, and finally some additional resources.
This page will update regularly as more resources are made available to us. Stay tune by following @family_wales on Twitter and signing up to our Newsletter.
Welsh Government Guidance: Get help with the cost of living
Welsh Government have made help and advice available to assist you. From living cost, housing, and benefits, to school and childcare expenses and health and wellbeing.
For more information read our blog Claim What’s Yours about the Welsh Government campaign with the same name.
We also advice checking what your local authority is offering by visiting their website.
Welsh Government Fuel Support Scheme
The Welsh Government Fuel Support Scheme is part of a £90m fuel support package to address immediate pressures on living costs.
From the 26 September 2022 to 28 February 2023 eligible households in Wales may be able to claim a one-off £200 payment from their local council to provide support towards their fuel costs.
Applications can be made to local authorities via their website when the scheme opens on 26 September 2022. Find your local authority.
UK Government campaign: Help for Households
The UK Government has launched the Help for Households campaign which draws together information on the support packages it has put in place to help ease the impact of the cost of living crisis. There are 41 schemes available to support citizens, all of which can be found on the following categories.
UK Government campaign: Cost of living
The aim is to make millions of vulnerable households receive at least £1,200 from the Government this year to help cover rising costs. There are specific payments for those on means tested benefits, for pensioners, those on disability benefits and to help people with energy bills.
Eight education subsidies and schemes that learners could apply for:
- Learners who are currently eligible for free school meals can apply for a grant towards school uniform, school trips, and kit. The grant this year is for £225 per learner, or £300 for those going into year 7 to recognise the increased costs associated with starting secondary school.
- 16 to 18-year-olds who want to continue in education could be eligible for Education Maintenance Allowance. This is a weekly payment of £30 to help with the costs of further education such as transport or meals. Student Finance Wales has more information on the EMA and how to apply.
- If you are studying further education either at your local school or college, you may be able to get help with transport costs. Your local authority or college will have more information and guidance on how to apply for support.
- Free school meals are available to eligible pupils who attend school full-time. This includes full time school-based nursery pupils, right through to school-based sixth form pupils. You need to apply for free school meals, so it’s important to check if you might be eligible. You can do this on your local authority’s website.
- As part of the Schools Love Reading scheme, every pupil in Wales who is aged 3-16 and in state school will receive a book of their own to keep. Find out more about the scheme by reading our blog Schools Love Reading programme is launched.
- From September 2022, a new e-learning resource will be piloted for 16 to 18-year-olds who attend school, college or an apprenticeship scheme, to improve their oral Welsh skills. access to free Welsh lessons with the National Centre for Learning Welsh.
- Get a free Microsoft Office 365 license through Hwb. Hwb is a website with lots of free apps and software which help pupils in Wales learn. All teachers and learners have a Hwb account which gives them access to educational resources and digital tools.
- The Financial Contingency Fund supports eligible learners in further education institutions or the Open University, who are facing financial difficulties or whose access to further education might be limited by financial considerations. Each institution will determine the eligibility of learners and the support they can provide. Those who would like to apply for support can get more information from their college, or the Open University.
Find out more about these subsidies and schemes by visiting the Welsh Government website Financial support available for learners and their families.
Map of food banks across Wales
Here at Family & Community we created a map of food banks across Wales. Check out which is your closest.
Additional help and advice can be found through the following resources:
- Cheaper broadband and phone packages / social tariffs can provide a safety net for eligible households who might be struggling to afford their broadband or mobile services: Cheaper broadband and phone packages – Ofcom.
- The National Energy Action offers courses for assisting households with fuel poverty, energy efficiency, decarbonisation and more. Keep an eye on our Events Page because we will advertise some of these courses and others there.