1) Cost of Living help from Age UK Islington
Age UK Islington can help you to apply for benefits, engage with specialist benefits support services and debt management services. We can also help with financial hardship. For further details, see our guide. Call our helpline on 020 7281 6018, Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm.
2) Get further support
For details of support from local organisations in Islington, who can help with maximising your income and help with debt and other issues, see the Worrying about Money leaflet.
3) Attend a Cost of Living event
Thursday 15 Feb, 1 - 3.30pm, Walter Sickert Community Centre
Organised by Help on Your Doorstep, Octopus Community Centres and Age UK Islington, there will be practical help and advice about energy bills, debt and other issues, with support and information to take away. Hot food and refreshments will be available, plus some give-aways and a pop-up vaccine clinic.
No booking required, Islington residents can just come along on the day! Do share with anyone that you think would be interested in attending.
Click here for a printable poster.
4) See Cost of Living guidance
Help with energy bills, maximising your income and other help with the cost of living is available on the Age UK National website.
Martin Lewis provides useful information about what to do if you're struggling to pay your energy bills Gas, Electric & Water Guides - MoneySavingExpert
The website also shares deals and discounts for food and toiletries Coupons Discount Codes - MoneySavingExpert
Money Navigator tool | MoneyHelper can help identify extra help & support you’re entitled to & where you can get free advice for debt, housing or redundancy.
Credit Union low cost Saver Loans can help reduce the cost of borrowing and provide a way of moving from being a borrower to being a saver Find Your Islington | Credit Union
Mobiles & Pre-payment meters: this Overpayment Calculator has the potential to help save as much as £200 on mobile phone bills https://www.o2.co.uk/overpayment-calculator
5) Attend our monthly Let's Talk Peer Event
Our regular monthly Let's Talk Peer Event provides an opportunity to raise questions, hear talks from experts and share solutions. It's relaxed, friendly and social. Hosted by Team Leader - Information & Advice, Shamin Noronha who will provide a regular update each month of the support that's available.
6) Get support from Age UK Islington
If you are struggling with the Cost of Living Crisis, Age UK Islington can help. Our helpline is the best place to start. You can call on 020 7281 6018 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We also have information & advice sessions and drop-ins in venues around the borough.
>> See the Islington Council 'Worrying About Money' leaflet for details of support from Age UK Islington and other organisations in the borough.
7) Further information from Islington Council
Find out how you can get help to manage your money with the Council here. Information includes: · Help with Council tax and rent · Maximising your income · Help to Save · Childcare costs · Energy bills · Resident Support Scheme · And more!
6) Useful contact numbers
Department of Work and Pensions - Universal Credit Enquiry Line: telephone 0800 328 5644 or for other ways of contacting them, see the webpage.
Department of Work and Pensions - Pension Credit Enquiry Line: telephone 0800 99 1234 or for other ways of contacting them, see the webpage.
Age UK Islington Helpline: 020 7281 6018 / email@example.com (Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm).
Islington Carers Hub Helpline: 020 7281 6018 / 3319 firstname.lastname@example.org (Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm).