What to do:
Our partners have all reacted to the deepening cost-of-living crisis. Everyone wants to ensure that people can easily access the help and advice they need. For general advice on where you can get support concerning the cost-of-living visit Citizens Advice or the UK government's advice page. There is also some really useful advice on the Shelter website.
Your local council offers help and or advice with the cost of living. If you are not sure which district you are in, please use the top link first:
Which district council should I contact?
I am worried about the cost of living in Oxford City
I am worried about the cost of living in Cherwell
I am worried about the cost of living in South Oxfordshire
I am worried about the cost of living in Vale of White Horse
I am worried about the cost of living in West Oxfordshire
Find more advice on specific issues below:
I can’t afford my rent
If you’re worried about losing your home, you should get advice as early as possible. See eviction risk advice to learn more.
If you’re in danger of losing your home and want to gain control over your finances and housing then you can contact the Connection Support’s Housing Support Team.
Shelter can help you understand your rights and get the support you need with Private Renting, Eviction, Mortgage Repossession, Tenancy Deposits and Council Housing.
If you are a permanent council house tenant in Oxford, you can seek help with managing your tenancy from the council's Tenancy Sustainment Team.
For general advice visit the UK’s largest tenant support community, The Tenants’ Voice.
I can’t afford food
You can get free or cheap food at day service venues. See our summary of daily services in Oxfordshire which shows exactly who is open and when. Oxford city council also has collated all of the free and low-cost food options in Oxford.
For emergency food parcels and ready meals, you can contact Oxford Mutual Aid via:
Phone: 07310 160595
Email: email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m in debt
Citizens Advice Oxford can provide suggestions for alleviating debt contact via:
Phone: 0808 278 7808
Email: Google Form
For more advice on debt solutions, you can visit their website which offers advice on a range of debt topics including Bankruptcy, Budgeting, Getting Financial Advice, Debt Management Plans and Debt Remedy Tool.
For confidential and independent advice on dealing with debt in the UK, you can call or visit the National Debt line on 0808 808 4000.
I can’t afford my bills
To find out what steps you can take if you’re struggling to pay energy bills you can visit Citizens Advice.
For advice on saving energy visit the government's website or call 0800 444 202.
To know how to spot an energy scam visit Energy Saving Trust.
If you are an individual, small business, nursery or school within the Vale of White Horse district you can apply for the Wantage & Grove Energy Support Fund.
I need other advice
For free, confidential, impartial and independent advice and information, get in touch with Citizens Advice Oxford via:
Phone: 0808 278 7808
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