Cost of Living: Local Help

Being on a low income and struggling with rising costs means you may struggle to purchase essential items, such as food or utilities. We have gathered together some information to help.

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Being on a low income and struggling with rising costs means you may struggle to purchase essential items, such as food or utilities. Across Manchester there is a network of charities and support groups that work to provide local people with food, clothing and other essentials.

Our Food For All Team offer support for those experiencing food poverty and mental health problems. You can also access support from an Advice Worker at these sessions. Find out about all our sessions here.

Manchester City Council Cost of Living Advice Line 0800 023 2692 or text 07860 022876 (Monday to Friday 9am – 4.30pm)

Greater Manchester Poverty Action (GMPA) provides a map of foodbanks, furniture repairs and advice centres in Manchester.

Streetsupport provides further details of support available across Greater Manchester for people in poverty and experiencing homelessness.

You can apply to the local welfare assistance scheme in Manchester, which may provide help with furniture or energy payments.

Mustard Tree and Wesley Community Furniture offer help with affordable furniture.

Further help can also be found here:

Benefits – including information about all available benefits, help with mortgage interest, housing payments, council tax support and winter fuel payments

Manchester Community Central – Resources and Information

Manchester City Council Helping Hands

Help for Households – GOV.UK

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