Cost of living support and advice

We know that money can be a huge worry, and many people in Portsmouth are finding things difficult at the moment. If you don’t have enough money to meet your day to day living costs, or you’re struggling to pay your bills, we’re here to help you find the right support for you and your family.

Debt advice

Worried about gambling?

If gambling is affecting you, or those close to you, get free, confidential and non-judgemental advice and support from GamCare – call free on 0808 8020 133, or use their free self-help resources.

If you have borrowed money that you couldn’t afford to repay because of problems with gambling, you may be entitled to a refund. This guide from Debt Camel explains what you can do. Debt Camel also have advice for people whose gambling has become a problem.

Southern Health is offering a new specialist service providing NHS treatment to people with gambling-related harms or gambling disorder. Find out more and request an appointment.

Council Tax Support Fund

It was announced by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities (DLHC) on the 23 December 2022, that the government would be making additional funding available for local authorities to support the most vulnerable households in England with their council tax payments.

The government expects local authorities to use the majority of their funding to reduce council tax bills for current working age and pension age Local Council Tax Support (LCTS) claimants by up to £25.

Please be advised that the scheme is currently in development and further updates will follow once the scheme has been approved. In the meantime, government guidance in relation to the Council Tax Support Fund can be found on the government’s website.


Don’t get caught out by cost of living scams. From fake fuel vouchers and phone bill discounts to dodgy supermarket offers and investment opportunities – find out how to recognise and report cost of living scams at Action Fraud

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