Helping hand

Advice if you're affected by the cost of living crisis

It's a difficult time for many people across Greater Manchester, as the costs of energy, food and other bills continue to rise.

But advice and support is available, no matter where you are...

Organisations across Greater Manchester and beyond are here to give a helping hand.

Your local council can help with:

  • Boosting your household income and managing debt
  • Find your local foodbank and warm place to go
  • Help to make home improvements, insulation and repairs
  • Wellbeing and mental health support

Local council web pages:

If you prefer to text your question or issue then please use this number: 07860 022876. You will be asked in response for your postcode and some information about your inquiry so we can direct you to the right place in your local area.

National support

The Government has announced a package of measures to help households with the rising cost of living.

Useful links

Advice on income, energy costs, childcare costs, transport costs and finding work are on the Government cost of living website (

Check what benefits and financial support you can get with the Government benefits checker (

Citizens Advice's website provides advice and support on a whole range of issues.

In Greater Manchester, there is also lots of advice and support available from the GMCA, charities and other organisations.