Cost of Living
As the cost-of-living crisis continues with rising food and energy prices we look at what you can do to cope with soaring prices and what to do if you are in financial difficulties.
Lewes District Citizens Advice can provide help with income maximisation, budgeting and debt issues. Referrals can be made to local food banks and applications can be made for a limited amount of fuel and other vouchers following a financial assessment. Details of the charitable funds we have access to, including an online application form, can be found at the bottom of this page.
Food bank referrals
A number of foodbanks & affordable food projects serve the Lewes District community. They can help with food if you have a short-term crisis due to a benefits delay or an unforeseen expense.
The foodbank can provide a balanced nutritional selection of tinned and dried food for up to 6 weeks depending on your circumstances.
Some foodbanks require a referral, which Lewes District Citizens Advice may be able to provide, others you can access directly.
Contact Lewes District Citizens Advice for tailored information about foodbank services available to you.
Emergency Fuel Vouchers
You might be able to get a fuel voucher. This is a code given to you in a letter or in a text message or email. You can use it to add credit to your gas card or electricity key. Your eligibility will need to be checked via an assessment with one of our advisers. While this can be done over the phone you will need to supply evidence of your financial situation contact us
Financial Support Packages
The government and Lewes District Council have announced a number of measures to ease the cost of living crisis.
Full details about current Lewes District Council support schemes can be found on their website
The Help for Households website contains information about nationally available support packages
It is worth finding out if you are eligible for any benefits or support with your energy and living costs. Benefit calculators can be found here
Make sure you know what money you’ve got coming in and out each month. Citizens Advice’s online budgeting tool budgeting tool can be found here
Remember, you are not alone - for tailored advice about your eligibility for financial support
We have access to limited charitable funds in the form of one-off supermarket vouchers, fuel vouchers and furniture/white goods. You can submit an application using the form below or by contacting us on 0808 278 7892.
Applications will be assessed on a case-by-case basis while funds remain.
Evidence of identity and financial crisis will be required to process an application.
You will be offered advice from our trained team to help identify and address underlying issues.
Due to the volume of applications and limited availability of funds, we cannot respond to unsuccessful applicants.
We aim to respond within 14 working days of submitting an application if you have been successful or if further information is required to reach a decision. This timeframe may be delayed when we are waiting for funds to be distributed to us.