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Cost of living

Information from across the sector about the cost of living crisis.

We are gathering links to reports, surveys and important data to support civil society leaders to better understand the impact of the crisis on their organisations, stakeholders and the sector at large. Please get in touch if you come across important information that should be highlighted here. 

Cost of living salary increase survey results 

Blogs on the cost of living

All Community posts about the cost of living crisis

Most popular Community threads:

If you are struggling, need advice or a sounding board, or would just like to share what is going on for you, simply visit our ‘talk to us‘ page to find out how to contact our support team. Jenny and Tom – both experienced coaches and previous chief executives – understand the issues and will be in touch to arrange a one to one call. If they can’t support you directly, then they will link you with the information or contacts that can.

Members can also access discounted expert, practical support via ACEVO’s corporate partners:

WorkNest’s cost of living hub

IT cost saving (Smartdesc)

10 January 2023 update:


The short-term support provided to charities and businesses under the Energy Bill Relief Scheme should be filtering through energy accounts during November and December. As part of the scheme, the government has committed to finding out more about the needs of specific sectors to plan for longer-term support. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) launched a survey and The Charity Finance Group provided a checklist to help social enterprises, charities, voluntary groups and community organisations feed in to the information gathering. The Chancellor in his Autumn Fiscal Statement announced a further review into the Energy Bill Relief Scheme by the Treasury, and we have since convened a roundtable of selected ACEVO members to meet directly with the team at BEIS carrying out the review, that will feed into Treasury. We also gathered case studies and input from members for a written submission to the BEIS review and with others across the Civil Society Group and NCVO, have written an open letter to Grant Shapps, the Secretary of State at BEIS to urge the energy bill relief scheme to be extended beyond April to those charities supporting communities most in need. You can also write to your local MP to highlight the issues using this template letter. A decision from Treasury as to who will continue to receive support with energy bills and by which mechanism is expected by mid December.

Cost of living crisis and your mental health (Mental Health & Money Advice)

Mental health support (Mind)

Cost of living: health & wellbeing (Local Government Association) 

This section outlines efforts being made by councils and other organisations to enhance people’s health and wellbeing, on which the rising cost of living has impacted.

Cost of living funding updates (DSC)

Changing Realities: documenting life on low income to push for change

Stop the Squeeze

Stop the Squeeze is a coalition of civil society groups who are calling on the government to tackle the cost of living crisis by guaranteeing affordable energy, boosting incomes, and raising taxes on wealth

Cost of Living Alliance

The Cost of Living Alliance aims to:

  • Build an evidence base of what is happening across the UK
  • Define clear areas where changes by government and power holders could make the most change to grassroots communities
  • Decide on how we can use our collective influence to call for change

IFAN’s letter to the Prime Minister and Chancellor

#RunningOnEmpty (FareShare)

Donate the Rebate (Crowdfunder)

#EnergyForAll petition (Fuel Poverty Action)

Warm This Winter

UK government: keep everyone warm this winter (Possible)

An open letter to the current and future prime minister on the cost of living crisis and our mental health system (Mind and a coalition of mental health organisations)

Charities call on chancellor to tackle fuel costs crisis (Community Transport Association)

RNIB is calling on the Chancellor, Nadhim Zahawi, and the Work and Pensions Secretary, Therese Coffey, to:

  • Urgently increase benefits in line with inflation in response to the rapid rise in prices.
  • Provide more support to people with sight loss to deal with rising energy bills. This should include, for example, reversing changes which reduce eligibility to the Warm Home Discount Scheme.

Letter to the Chancellor organised by Carers UK regarding unpaid carers and the cost of living crisis

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