Support for residents with rising cost of living

Posted on: Thursday, July 28, 2022

Millions of households across the UK are struggling to make their incomes stretch to cover the rising cost of living. That is why the government is providing over £15 billion in further support, targeted particularly on those with the greatest need.

The Cabinet Office has recently launched the ‘Help for Households’ campaign which explains the 41 different government schemes available to help with the cost of living, including new one-off payments as well as existing benefits and schemes. These schemes have now been brought onto one Cost of Living Support website.

Read more about the range of government support available and further advice on maximising your income or benefits on our Cost of living webpage. This includes information on:

You now need photo ID to vote at a polling station

Posted on: Thursday, March 30, 2023

Elections are taking place across England on 4 May.

If you don’t have an accepted form photo ID

If you don’t already have an accepted form of photo ID, or you’re not sure whether your photo ID still looks like you, you can apply for a free voter ID document, known as a Voter Authority Certificate. You can apply for this at

Alternatively, you can complete a paper application form by contacting

Find out more

If you have any questions or would like to find out more, go to, or call their helpline on 0800 328 0280.

Take a look at the frequently asked questions on the website.