Managing your money
If you need help managing your money, have money worries or need information about benefits there are a range of tools and advice available.
You can access benefits and financial help at - Gov.uk. The UK government website. The site includes information on accessing all government services including:
work and finding a job
services for disabled people
You may be able to claim a reduction on your council tax bill if you are on Universal Credit. Any reduction will be based on your current circumstances. To find out if you are eligiblemake an application with Sutton Council
Universal Credit is a monthly payment for people who are on low income or are out of work. It is paid by the government. Universal Credit is being rolled out in stages across the UK and is replacing some benefits.
Citizens advice bureau (CAB)
CAB Sutton offer free, confidential and impartial advice on a range of issues. Speak to them about:
Advice Link Partnership Sutton (ALP)
ALP Suttonoffers free confidential, independent and impartial advice to residents of Sutton. They work alongside the CAB and Sutton ageuk to provide advice on:
social care and caring
Money Advice Service
The Money Advice Service is free and impartial. Use it to get:
debt and money advice
help with budgeting
Use a benefit calculator to find out:
what benefits you could get
how to claim
how your benefits will be affected if you start work
Try the entitledto calculator. It is free to use, independent and anonymous.
Reducing your fuel bills
You can reduce your bills by following these energy-saving tips:
shut outside doors
close curtains at night
shut all windows, unless you need ventilation
turn the room thermostat down as far as you can, while still remaining comfortable
wear warm clothes in winter
turn off the heating in late spring and summer
boil only the water you need rather than filling the kettle completely
don’t leave appliances like televisions in standby mode; they still use electricity; instead, switch them off properly at the ‘off’ switch
turn off all lights when you don’t need them.
You may also be entitled to winter fuel payments from the government. You can find out more from Gov.uk.
Keep up with payments or you may potentially lose your home.