Stay & Play Sessions at Hampden Children’s Centre and St Pancras Community Association


Everyone is likely to need a bit of help this winter due to the rising cost of living. If you’re struggling to afford the essentials – including food, energy bills or housing costs – or if you’re in debt, help is available.

Claim benefits you’re entitled to 

You might be able to claim benefits or get financial support if you’re:

You can check which benefits are available to you on GOV.UK.

If you’re on a low income, you may also be able to pay less by applying for council tax support. Some groups such as disabled people or people who live alone may be eligible for council tax discounts or exemptions.

If you’re a Camden business owner, read about the range of support available for Camden businesses.

Help to pay your bills 

On top of regular benefits, you may be able to get extra support to help with the rising cost of living.

Most households will receive

If you’re on a low income

If you’re receiving a pension

If you’re disabled

If you’re in severe financial hardship

Managing debt 

If you owe money and you’re struggling to pay your bills:

Energy suppliers might be able to let you pay in smaller amounts or take a break from payments. You might also be able to apply for a grant to pay off energy debts.

If you don’t know where to turn, call us on 020 7974 4444 (option 9) or contact Citizens Advice Camden.

Warm spaces and energy saving tips

Small miniature of house in warm scarf on autumn leaves background.

To help everyone stay warm this winter, ‘warm welcome’ spaces are available across Camden. These community spaces are free for you to relax, meet up with others or get support with the cost of living crisis.

If you’re worried about the cost of heating your home, you can contact our Green Camden Helpline on 0800 801 738, or email Green Camden for:

If you’re on a low income, you may be able to get free heating, insulation and ventilation improvements for your home. The Mayor of London scheme is giving grants of £5,000 to £20,000 for improvements such as heat pumps, insulation and draughtproofing.

We also have low cost and no-cost tips to help you keep warm and save money on your energy bills.

Help with food

If you’re in urgent need of support with food, please visit Camden’s Find Food website. You can use the website to find places and organisations to get food from in your local area.

You can read more about other help with access to food in Camden, including food co-ops and vouchers for families.

If you have children:

If you’re worried about housing costs or losing your home 

If you’re having problems paying your rent or service charges and you’re a;

If you’re at risk of becoming homeless within the next 8 weeks, please contact us for support. You may be able to get help through a Discretionary Housing Payment, especially if you are affected by the benefit cap.

If you have nowhere to sleep tonight or are currently sleeping rough, call the Homelessness Prevention service on 0207 974 4444.

If you’re a homeowner and having problems paying your mortgage, contact StepChange for free advice.

Help to find a new or better paid job

Good Work Camden provides free support to find a new or better paid job, or training opportunities, for any Camden resident who needs it. Register for our job hub to find out more.

If you’re aged 13 to 19, or up to age 25 with a learning difficulty or disability, contact Camden Connexions.

If you have a job already, you should also:

If you’re a lone parent and looking to re-enter employment or start a training or education course, you might be able to get up to £1,500 to cover childcare costs. Check to see if you’re eligible and apply for our childcare grant.

Find out more here

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