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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

  • If you’re struggling with unmanageable debt, you’re not alone. Getting help to manage your debts can make you feel better and let you take back control of your finances. Get help with debt
  • We can put you in contact with a number of organisations such as Advice Portsmouth, Citizens Advice Portsmouth, your local housing office or other online help


  • The Council Tax Support Scheme helps eligible people to pay their Council Tax
  • Universal Credit supports you if you are on a low income or out of work. It includes a monthly payment to help with your living costs
  • Independent Age supports older people to check they’re claiming all the benefits they’re entitled to
  • Find information on housing benefit, including local housing allowance (LHA) rates for private rented accommodation. Housing benefit is available to help certain people on a low income who pay rent for where they live. Housing Benefit is typically not available to new claims from working age residents, where support is instead provided via Universal Credit.

More information

Visit our money advice pages for further information.

These two websites can also help you find out what benefits you are entitled to: