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Cost Of Living In Cardiff | 5 Ways To Get Support

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Like many other Cardiff residents, you may have been feeling the effects of the cost of living crisis. Increasing housing, food and energy costs have been putting pressure on households. 

If you, or someone close to you, needs extra support with managing their finances, or getting help with dealing with rising costs, it’s important to know that there is help available. There are local and national resources and initiatives in-place designed to help manage some of the financial strain, particularly when it comes to energy costs. Here are five ways you can find support.

1. Understanding Energy Bills and Getting Support

Navigating through energy bills can be daunting, especially when every penny counts. If you’re unsure about how to get help with energy bills, organisations like Smart Energy GB offer free resources and advice to guide you. They help clarify the components of your energy charges and can point you towards financial assistance programs and grants available to those who qualify.

2. Government and Local Grants

Several grants are available to help manage energy bills and other essential living expenses. The Welsh Government provides support through the Discretionary Assistance Fund, which offers one-off payments for essential costs. Additionally, Cardiff Council operates various support schemes, including the Council Tax Reduction Scheme, which can significantly lower monthly expenses for eligible residents. These initiatives are intended to help support Cardiff’s community with financial pressures and ensure that essential needs are met.

3. Community Support Groups

Community support groups are a valuable resource for residents looking to share experiences and receive emotional and practical support. Specific groups like Cardiff Foodbank and Cardiff Hubs are excellent starting points. Cardiff Foodbank provides emergency food supplies and support, while Cardiff Hubs offers advice and assistance on various issues, including financial difficulties. To find a local community support group, you can visit the Cardiff Council website or contact local libraries and community centres for information.

4. Energy Saving Tips and Workshops

Participating in energy-saving workshops can be highly beneficial for those looking to reduce their household expenses. These workshops offer practical advice on reducing energy consumption, such as optimising heating systems, using energy-efficient lighting, and adopting habits that lower electricity use. Many local organisations and councils host these sessions, providing attendees with the knowledge and tools needed to make significant savings on their energy bills. Cardiff Council occasionally offers workshops through their housing services, and organisations like Cardiff Housing also provide energy-saving advice.

5. Energy Efficiency Programs

Improving your home’s energy efficiency is a long-term strategy to reduce energy bills. Several local programs offer free advice and resources on how to make your home more energy-efficient. This might include information on insulation, energy-efficient appliances, and even small changes you can make daily to decrease energy consumption. Programs such as the Welsh Government’s Nest scheme provide free advice and, in some cases, home improvements to make your house more energy-efficient. 

Find Out What Support Is Available To You

If you or someone you’re close to is dealing with financial pressures, you know how overwhelming it can feel. There are many different types of support that can help people to manage costs and feel in control. You can use the resources listed above as a starting point for finding the right support for you.