Cost of Living Support

Our Anti-Poverty Statement

In response to the rising cost of living the Council has prepared an Anti-Poverty Statement, outlining the Council’s ambition, objectives and actions in relation to poverty and hardship.

Read our Anti-Poverty Statement

Finding help and support

Cumbria County Council have created an online leaflet that details organisations where Cumbrian residents can access support. It includes information relating to Free School meals, Mental Health Support, Energy Saving Advice and Financial Support. 

See cost of living on support on the Cumbria County Council website for more information.


If you are struggling to feed yourself or your family there are organisations that can help. Foodbanks can provide emergency food parcels in a crisis. Cumbria County Council maintains a list of all local Foodbanks, where you can search for your nearest one.

See food banks on the Cumbria County Council website.

Healthy food vouchers

If you are pregnant or have a child under 4 and are on a low income use can healthy food vouchers to buy for milk, fruit and vegetables.

Find out about the Health Start Scheme on the NHS website.

Help with money and advice

Citizens Advice

If you are worried about money, you can contact Citizens Advice. They can give you free advice on debt, benefits, employment and housing problems and make sure you're getting all the support you're entitled to.

Go to Citizens Advice Carlisle and Eden website who offer free, confidential, impartial and independent advice and information on rights and responsibilities.

Cumbria Law Centre

The Cumbria Law Centre can offer free legal advice on housing, debt, employment and welfare benefits to those on low incomes.

Visit the Cumbria Law Centre website to find out more their offer of free legal advice.

Credit Unions - savings and loans

Credit Unions help you to save money and can also provide loans at low interest rates. Anyone who lives or works in the area a Credit Union serves can use them. They are an alternative to payday lenders and 'loan sharks' and can help you avoid getting into problem debt.

Find out the Pennine Community Credit Union have expanded their cover to include the county of Cumbria, following a merger with the Affinity Credit Union.

Help with housing

If you think you are going to be homeless within 56 days, help is available from the Housing Options Team at Eden Housing Association. They will work with you to explore your housing options and develop a personalised housing plan to assist in preventing homelessness and securing suitable accommodation.

If you have nowhere to stay Eden Housing Association may be able to help by making arrangements to place you and your family in temporary accommodation while your homeless application is being assessed.

See homelessness on the Eden Housing Association website who carry out homelessness function on our behalf.

Help with housing costs and council tax

Housing benefit and council tax reduction

Use our online benefit calculator it will give you and instant online estimate based on the information you supply. Do not delay in making a benefit claim.

You can of course if you are worried about your housing costs, contact our benefits team who will be able to provide support and advice.

Go to Council tax and housing benefit for more information.

Last updated: Wednesday, 20 July, 2022.