St Wilfrid's Catholic Primary School

St Wilfrid's
Catholic Primary School


Cost-of-living support

Find out what support is available to help you and your family get through the cost of living crisis.

Let us know if you are in financial difficulty

We know that many families are going through a tough time and as a school we want to do everything we can to help you and your child. If you’re struggling with your finances, please get in touch to let us know, as there may be things we can suggest which will help.

Contact your local Citizens Advice Bureau or Family Hub

You don’t have to be a UK citizen to get support from your local CAB, you just need to be a resident of the local area. The CAB can help you with: Getting benefits or organising other financial support Accessing support for essential costs (food, bills, rent) Visit the Citizens Advice website or contact your local branch to book an appointment. Burgess Hill Library, The Martletts, Burgess Hill, RH15 9NN 0808 278 7969 Family Hub Contact your local Family Hub to get help accessing all the support you might need as a family. Find your local hub Sidney West Children & Family Centre, Leylands Road, Burgess Hill 01444 255493

Check you’re paying the right amount of tax

Make sure you’re on the right tax code. If you aren’t, you might be due a refund. Use the Money Saving Expert’s free tax code calculator to find out.

Claim any benefits you’re entitled to

Use one of these benefits calculators to determine whether there are any benefits you could be claiming:

You may be able to get benefits paid early if you need cash urgently – this is known as ‘a short-term benefit advance’. You will need to contact the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) office at Haywards Heath job Centre Plus, Kingsley House, 31 Boltro Road, Haywards heath, RH16 1BP 0800 144 8 444, who is handling your claim.

Check you’ve received all the government’s cost-of-living payments

The government’s cost-of-living payments are available for those receiving certain benefits or tax credits. You don’t need to apply for these – if you’re eligible the money should go straight into your account.

If you think you’re due a payment but haven’t received one, report a missing payment to the government.

Be aware of scams! If you receive any emails, texts or phone calls asking you to fill in an application form or asking for your bank details to receive a cost-of-living payment, do not talk to them or send a reply. Get more information on cost-of-living scams on the Money Saving Expert’s website.

Find out what help you can get with your energy bills

Take a look at these resources from the British Gas Energy Trust and the Money Saving Expert.

Check if your child is entitled to free school meals (FSM)

If your child is eligible for FSM you need to get them registered. This will allow them to get a free meal at school and, as a school, we’ll get extra funding (known as the pupil premium) to support your child’s learning.

Go to this government website to check if your child is eligible. If they are, or if you’re not sure, for more information on FSM entitlement please see the school website

See what other support you can get from your local authority

Local authorities have many schemes that you might be eligible for, including:

Get free or low-cost food

If you’re worried about not having enough food to feed your family, you’re not alone. There are
a number of places offering support.

  • If you have a child under 4, and meet the eligibility criteria, you may be entitled to healthy start food vouchers
  • Find your local food bank:Burgess Hill Community Food Bank 85 Church Walk, Burgess Hill, RH15 9BQ. Bankuet, The Independent Food Aid Network, the Trussell Trust, or your local community fridge
  • Use food waste apps and websites like Olio (for free food and household items from your local community), Too Good To Go (for low-cost food from local restaurants), or Low Price Foods (food that has passed its best-before date, but is still safe to eat)
  • Become a member of a community shop. These organisations sell food to their members at a reduced price. Some shops are free to join if you meet certain criteria, and others ask for a small contribution. Find out if there’s one near you by checking these websites: Community Shop, Your Local Pantry, Community Grocery
  • Get more tips on free and cheap meals from Which

Free hygiene products

  • Food banks may offer free toiletries and sanitary products. Check with your local food bank to see what’s available Burgess Hill Community Food Bank 85 Church Walk, Burgess Hill, RH15 9BQ
  • Find the cheapest disposable sanitary products on Sanitary Saver

 Replace or repair household items at a low cost or for free

Check if you can get broken household goods replaced or repaired by your local community.

 Find a warm space to beat the chill

Some community spaces open their doors to provide a safe and warm space for a few hours. Many also offer hot drinks and WiFi.

Find a warm space on: