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Cost of Living Resources

Bury VCFA is collecting information to help groups supporting people they work with to access cost of living support.

This page will be updated as more resources become available.

Support for Individuals

Further Support with food and fuel costs

If you’re struggling with the costs of living, then you’re not alone and support and advice is available. Bury Council has collated the support available on their website including how to access support if you’re struggling with food and fuel costs.

Using funding from the Government’s Household Support Fund, the council is offering financial help to vulnerable households through direct bank payments or food and fuel vouchers.

Bury Money Advice Referral Toolkit (MART)

The Bury Money Advice Referral Toolkit provides information and details of agencies that can offer advice and support to individuals and families.

Power Up the Flavour

Cracking Good Food have created two guides to help during the cost-of-living and fuel crisis. Our Low Fuel Cooking and updated Power Up The Flavour booklets provide handy low fuel cooking and lifestyle tips, shopping lists and a weekly ‘Save fuel family meal plan’ to create nutritional meals whilst using minimal fuel. These guides will help you to batch cook to freeze and make good of leftovers for your next day’s lunches and dinners to leave you energised and healthy. 

Family Fund – Support for Families with Disabled Children (SFDC)

Funded by the Department for Education and managed by Family Fund, the SFDC programme provides a wide range of grant items to families in England on a low-income, who are raising a disabled or seriously ill child or young person.

GM Retrofit Portal Grant

Thousands of homes are eligible for retrofitting grants, particularly homes owned by people who are: aged 65 and above, who can’t always afford to heat their home, from an ethnic minority background, a disabled person, Non-native English speaker and not having access to the internet. The GM retrofit portal enables you to apply for the main energy efficiency schemes available in Greater Manchester.

GMCA Helping Hands

It’s a difficult time for many people as costs rise. Advice and support is available and organisations across Greater Manchester are here to give a helping hand.

United Utilities’ Hardship Hub

United Utilities’ Hardship Hub has now been opened up to everyone across the North West, bringing together hundreds of financial aid schemes in one place so that people can find help for free.

The schemes listed on the site include energy and utility companies, local authorities, housing agencies, charities, and advice and community groups from across the region. There are details on a range of support and advice
offerings, from help with utility bills to guidance on applying for housing support.

Warm Spaces Bury

‘Warm Spaces’ are established in the heart of local communities where people can be assured of finding a safe, warm, inclusive, and friendly environment in which to enjoy refreshments, social activity, information and advice, the company of other people and stay healthy and well.

Cost of Living Payment

Government Guidance on getting an extra payment to help with the cost of living if you’re entitled to certain benefits or tax credits.

Healthy Start

Healthy Start is one of our few nutritional safety nets and we know that families in Bury are missing out, so please help our families access what they are entitled to.

Healthy Start NHS Leaflet May 2023

NHS Healthy Start scheme guidance and how to apply.

HS Traders at Bury Market Map

Stall holders on the famous Bury Market are now taking Healthy Start cards at Ward’s Fruit & Veg, Iddon’s Fruit & Veg and Tom’s Bargain Corner helping visitors to provide their families with nutritious and affordable food.

GM Food Providers

Greater Manchester Poverty Action has sourced a map of the various food providers within Greater Manchester (including food banks, pantries and meal providers).

Get Help with Cost of Living and Fuel Bills

Citizens advice, Independent age and Bury Council have helplines to support with the cost of living and fuel bills.

GMCA Winterwise Guide

The guide brings together key information for older people on cost of living support with messages focusing on three themes – ‘Staying warm’, ‘Staying safe’ and ‘Staying well’

British Legion Everyday Needs Grants

British Legion Everyday Needs Grants.

Cost of Living Support

The government has announced a package of payments to help most households claiming benefits. Find support and advice by using the confidential checker to check what benefits you are entitled to.

Warm House Discount Scheme

Government Scheme for Cost of Living crisis. The scheme is currently closed but is expected to reopen in October 2023.  

Support for Organisations

Winterwise guide

As the costs of energy, food and other bills continue to rise, the coming months are expected to be difficult for many older residents across the city-region.

National older person’s charity Independent Age has released this year’s edition of the Winterwise guide with new and updated information on how to stay well during the winter period.

Communicating Help for Households and Cost of Living Payments

The Government is providing help for households to combat the rising cost of living. We know this may lead to questions about how much people may be entitled to.

Our Cost of Living Toolkit offers further information about Help for Households, including the latest Cost of Living payment for people on means-tested benefits. The toolkit contain social media assets, downloadable posters, suggested newsletter copy and more.

In Kind Direct

In Kind Direct distributes quality consumer products donated by some of the UK’s best-known manufacturers, retailers and brands, to charitable organisations – including charities, community groups, foodbanks and schools, enabling communities to thrive.


The Neighbourly platform is free to use and connects you with businesses that have volunteer time, money or product surplus to donate.

Managing your energy costs

NCVO has produced a guide for organisations to learn about what support is available for managing energy costs and being energy efficient.

Energy Bills Discount Scheme 

The Government has announced an Energy Bills Discount Scheme (EBDS) to run from 1 April 2023 till March 2024 for eligible non-domestic consumers including voluntary sector organisations and charities.

Cost of Living Data Dashboard

Citizens Advice have sharing insights from across their service on how the crisis is affecting the people they help, such as an increase in debt clients, social housing inquiries and foodbank referrals.

Addressing the Economic Crisis

Local Infrastructure Organisations in Greater Manchester have put together a set of slides that lists ways in which the VCSE sector can support communities and highlights the key challenges for our sector during this economic crisis.