The cost of living crisis has been sparked by rising prices for pretty much all the essentials. Gas and electricity, water, housing, food and transport have all become more expensive in the past year or so. If you are struggling, it can be hard to know where to turn to help.

To make it easier to find out where to access support if you are struggling to pay the bills, we have put together a list of resources and links to useful information. Please note that some of these links are to support available in Leeds only.

Energy bills

GOV.UK: Getting the Energy Bills Support Scheme Discount

GOV.UK: Warm Home Discount Scheme

  • You could get £140 off your electricity bill for winter 2021 to 2022 under the Warm Home Discount Scheme. The money is not paid to you – it’s a one-off discount on your electricity bill, between October and March.
  • Link:

Fuel Vouchers

Winter Fuel Payment

Green Doctor

Home Plus (Leeds)

Scope: Disability Energy Support

Food bills

Getting food in an emergency

  • To get a referral to a foodbank or an emergency food parcel, you need to either contact your support worker (if you have one) or call Leeds City Council on 0113 376 0330 (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm)

Local food banks

Other food aid


Money and benefits

Warm spaces

Leeds City Council have put together an interactive map of warm spaces you can go to throughout the city. Spaces include council-run libraries and places of worship. To see the map, please go to this link: