Warm and Safe Homes Advice
Below we have listed some trusted organisations that may also be able to help you, you might also want to look at our advice page on struggling to pay and our wide selection of resources and guides.
Struggling to pay your bills
If you are struggling to afford your energy bills then you should first contact your energy supplier as they have a range of possible options which may be able to help you. More information on the type of help offered be energy suppliers is available here.
Your local authority may be able to support with your energy issue directly through the Household Support Fund (in England) or Winter Fuel Support Scheme (in Wales) or point you towards local services in your area who can help you.
The Household Support Fund provides funding to help people who are struggling to afford food and utility bills (heating, cooking, lighting) and water (including drinking, washing, cooking, central heating, sewerage and sanitary purposes). This support is not provided directly by NEA and you should contact your own local council. If you are not sure who your local authority is you can type in your postcode to find out at https://www.gov.uk/find-local-council
For more information on the Household Support Fund click here
For more information on the Winter Fuel Support Scheme in Wales click here
Find out contacts for your county council here
Find out who your local councillor is here who may also be able to assist you.
If you are finding it difficult to pay your bills the services below may help
Citizens Advice Consumer Advice Line: 0808 223 1133. You can call the Citizens Advice consumer line for help and support with debt, income maximisation or about your energy bills or visit their website at www.citizensadvice.org.uk
If you can’t hear or speak on the phone, you can type what you want to say: 18001 then 0808 223 1133.
You can use Relay UK with an app or a textphone. There’s no extra charge to use it. Find out how to use Relay UK on the Relay UK website.
Lines are open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. Lines are closed on bank holidays.
To contact a Welsh-speaking adviser: 0808 223 1144
You can complete an online benefit check yourself using a trusted independent benefits calculator.
Benefit calculators can help you work out:
- what benefits you might be entitled to; and
- how to claim
Independent calculators are available through
If you need help with understanding your entitlement you can speak to your local Citizens Advice.
If you are struggling with debt it can be difficult to know where to get help that you can trust. The Money Helper website has a list of free debt advice services that may be able to help you. Including:
To find your nearest food bank visit www.trusselltrust.org.uk/get-help/find-a-foodbank – you will usually need to obtain a food voucher from a local agency or alternatively contact the free helpline on 0808 208 2138 to speak with a trained Citizens Advice adviser.
If you have a smart phone, apps like OLIO and TooGoodToGo are trying to tackle food waste by letting people know when there is food which would otherwise go to waste being sold at a low cost nearby.
Help on energy saving and smart metering
Simple Energy Advice
www.simpleenergyadvice.org.uk is the Government endorsed website for information on reducing energy bills, energy efficiency improvements you can make to your home and available grants and funds. Contact 0800 444 202 if you need help with using the website.
Energy Saving Trust
Energy Saving Trust is an independent organisation and trusted voice on energy efficiency solutions. Take a look at their website for tips on ways to save energy in your home.
Smart Energy GB
Smart Energy GB is the not-for-profit, government-backed campaign helping everyone in Britain understand the importance of smart meters and their benefits to people and the environment. If you would like to understand more about smart metering take a look here.
Other useful contacts
0800 111 999
If you smell gas or suspect a gas leak call the National Gas Emergency Service 24 hours a day on 0800 111 999. If you are D/deaf or hard of hearing a text phone service is available on 18001 0800 371 787.
If you have a power cut call the national power cut line on 105.
If you need to talk
0300 123 3393
Open 9am-6pm weekdays
0800 123 737
0808 808 4994