Find details of warm spaces near you by visiting the Rural Coffee Caravan Club website.
For key information and support relating to the Cost-of-Living crisis for residents across Ipswich take a look at our Cost of living support leaflet
Cost of Living support from UK Government can also be found at Help for Households
The Autumn 2023 Cost of Living payment update can be found here.
Check benefits and financial support you can get
Find out what support you might be able to get to help with your living costs. You can get benefits and other financial support if you’re eligible.
You can use an independent, free and anonymous benefits calculator to check what you could be entitled to.
Surviving Winter Appeal
This annual support fund is available to residents across the whole of Suffolk with a payment of up to £175 towards fuel costs, or a delivery of fuel for households using Oil or LPG in their heating systems.
The telephone number for the Surviving Winter team at Citizens Advice to request help is 01473 298634 or visit Surviving Winter – Citizens Advice Ipswich for further information.
Energy saving advice
Citizens Advice offers Energy Saving Advice. View their latest Energy Saving advice here:
For extra care support from Anglian Water visit: Anglian Water care
Social tariffs are cheaper broadband and phone packages for people claiming Universal Credit, Pension Credit and some other benefits find out more at: Ofcom - cheaper broadband and phone packages
Find out more about the Warm Home Discount Scheme (for low income and vulnerable households) at: www.gov.uk/check-if-you-are-eligible
‘Social tariffs’ are available for people claiming Universal Credit, Pension Credit and some other benefits, with some providers offering deals from as low as £10 a month.
This could represent a saving of around £202 per year.
Household Support Fund
The Housing Support Fund is a Government funded scheme.
The fund can assist with rent, and service charges if you are struggling with housing costs.
Help with food
Families in Need (FIND) Ipswich offers a lifeline to people in Ipswich and the surrounding areas who are experiencing poverty and despair – providing food and other household items for 30 years.
Last year, FIND moved to a new food bank headquarters next to Gainsborough Sports Centre which enabled it to meet the growing needs of the community.
All the people who receive food parcels are referred by local and regional agencies such as local councils, schools, GPs, support workers and the Police. Read more about the referring agencies that can help you access this support.
Anglia Care Trust has produced a guide for reducing everyday living costs
Meet Up Mondays are being held at a number of pubs and venues in Ipswich. For more information, visit: Meet Up Mondays
For more information on the Top up shops in Ipswich visit: Home | Ipswich Top Up Shop
Budgeting and finances
Money Helper advice is available at: Money Navigator Tool
Do you know how much you are spending vs how much money you bring home? Use a basic budget planner or this more detailed Income and Expenditure spreadsheet to record everything that goes in and comes out. This may be useful for creating and keeping track of your weekly/monthly budget.