I am a single parent, with two young children. I’m already struggling to stay on top of my household bills, my weekly food shop isn’t stretching as far anymore and my energy bill is going up too. I don’t know how I’m going to afford all of these price rises. What can I do to stop my finances getting out of control?

Posted: 22nd April 2022

First of all, you are not alone in this and there’s support to help you.

It’s always worth checking if there are benefits you don’t know about that you’re eligible for, including support with your energy costs and living costs. On the Citizens Advice website there’s a benefits calculator, advice on how to reduce living costs  and information on other ways to increase your income.

If you’re struggling to stay on top of bills, it’s really important to understand what money you have coming in and going out each month. Citizens Advice has a budgeting tool on its website that can help with this.

And if you’re already behind on bills, prioritise paying your rent or mortgage, plus energy bills and Council Tax first. Not paying these bills has the most serious consequences. You should speak to the person or company you owe money to, to see if they can help you repay your bills affordably.

Citizens Advice West Suffolk can give you information on emergency support that you may have access to, such as food bank vouchers or fuel vouchers.

We are available 9.30am to 3.30pm Monday to Friday, but are exceptionally busy at the moment so if you have access to the internet it may be easier to email us via our website https://suffolkwestcab.org.uk/contact-us/ and we will get back to you.

We know that times are incredibly tough but please remember, you don’t have to face this alone, contact your local Citizens Advice to help you find a way forward