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The Knowsley Offer – helping you with the cost of living

by Guy Murphy

Residents across Knowsley are looking to making savings due to the rising cost of living. Following a consultation held in 2022, it was found that 47% of respondents had already made ‘major’ changes to keep up with mortgage and rent payments.

Through The Knowsley Offer, residents can find a wide range of advice and support to help them make their money go further.

Energy advice and help                                                                                               

The Council is working with Energy Projects Plus to provide free advice and help to residents with their energy costs.

Residents can call the Save Energy Advice Line for free on 0800 043 0151 Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, or email advice@epplus.org.

Through this service, residents will receive:

  • Free and impartial advice on energy efficiency
  • Free and impartial advice on issues associated with fuel poverty including relative costs of different fuels and support to increase income e.g. benefit health checks
  • Information on local and national grants to fund home energy improvement measures
  • Applications to schemes to support residents make their homes warmer and more energy efficient

Find out more: https://www.knowsleybettertogether.co.uk/theoffer/your-money/help-with-energy-bills/energy-advice-and-help/

Help with food and essential items

As the cost of food and household items continues to rise, many residents may be struggling to afford essential items. Help is available in these circumstances. Already the Knowsley Better Together Hardship Fund has provided essential help and support to residents. This is on top of the Household Support Fund which has been prioritised for families with children and pensioners.

In Knowsley a number of local organisations can provide support to people who may be struggling to afford food for themselves or their families. This support is available in all areas of the borough and includes foodbanks, social supermarkets and other community groups and organisations.

Find out more https://www.knowsleybettertogether.co.uk/theoffer/your-money/food-and-household-essentials/

Social tariffs for internet and broadband

With bills rising again this April, many residents will be looking to make savings where possible to ensure their money goes as far as possible. Social Tariffs usually offer broadband (internet) packages for between £10 – £25 per month.

Social tariffs are available for people claiming Universal Credit, Pension Credit and some other benefits.

Find out more https://www.knowsleybettertogether.co.uk/theoffer/your-money/low-cost-broadband-and-phone-tarrifs/

Debt support and advice

Residents who are worried about money or debt, can find lots of advice and support from organisations locally, regionally and nationally.

Knowsley Council has a dedicated Financial Advice line on 0151 443 3300 where residents can find out more about free sources of money and debt advice, and credit unions.

Further information: https://www.knowsleybettertogether.co.uk/theoffer/your-money/where-to-go-for-advice/