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.
- Energy Bill Discount Scheme update
- Joint statement: ACEVO has joined forces with other sector infrastructure bodies across the country to call for an urgent response to the cost of living crisis.
- Our response to the Prime Minister’s statement on the cost of living crisis
- Joint letter to Grant Shapps, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy regarding the Energy Bill Relief Review
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10 January 2023 update: https://www.acevo.org.uk/2023/01/energy-bill-discount-scheme-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.
Manage financial difficulties in your charity arising from the cost of living pressures (December 2022, Charity Commission)
Bombarded: reducing the psychological harm caused by the cost of living crisis (December 2022, Money Mental Health Policy Institute)
Connecting the cost of living and climate crises: new research (October 2022, On Road)
Cost of living dashboard by Citizens Advice
A tunnel at the end of the light: Charities and the cost of living crisis (Pro Bono Economics)
The Income Crisis: a Gendered Analysis (Women’s Budget Group)
Cost of living on maternity leave survey (Maternity Action)
Cost of living briefings (Chartered Institute of Housing)
Coronavirus Financial Impact Tracker (Financial Fairness Trust)
Economic Outlook Briefing 2022/2023 (CFG and Pro Bono Economics)
What UK charities need to know about inflation (Pro Bono Economics)
Inflation, cost of living and financial advice (Charles Stanley)
Get help with the cost of living (Citizens Advice)
Grants and benefits to help you pay your energy bills (Citizens Advice)
Help with the cost of living (Mayor of London)
How to reduce food waste (Family Action)
Benefits calculator (Turn2Us)
Advice on saving energy (Centre for Sustainable Energy)
Leaflet with practical information for people who are worrying about money (North Somerset Council)
Cost of living: food insecurity and poverty (Local Government Association)
Lightning: if you’re struggling financially and need help with money, you may be eligible to apply for financial support such as grants, local schemes and discounted tariffs.
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.
Changing Realities: documenting life on low income to push for change
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
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
Donate the Rebate (Crowdfunder)
#EnergyForAll petition (Fuel Poverty Action)
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)
- 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.
Charities communicating about the cost of living crisis (CharityComms)
How much do your household appliances cost to run? (Quaker Social Action)
How to prepare for a recession (CharityDigital)
IT cost-saving resources (Smartdesc)