Cost of living extra support

The Council is working with a number of local organisations, who can offer support.

The Household Support scheme is for residents of Blackburn with Darwen. There are fuel payments, boiler servicing, home insulation and help with items like fridges and washing machines if you are struggling. You could be missing out on financial help, even if you are in work and don’t currently receive any benefits.

  • Age UK: Support and advice for people over 50 in Blackburn with Darwen.
  • Rummage Rescuers: offers thousands of items at affordable prices in Blackburn town centre and Mill Hill.

Help with fuel costs and energy efficiency

There are local organisations that can help:

Support to access food

If you are suffering hardship or struggling to make ends meet the Household Support Family Food Boxes are still available from the Community and Business Partners organisation. To apply or to arrange collection, please email

Money, debt, housing advice & support

Mental health support

Gambling and illegal money lending support

These websites have information, support and advice if you have concerns about gambling and illegal money lending (loan shark) issues:

Employability and Careers Support

For support in moving into employment, learning new skills or general jobs advice:

Energy advice

With the rising cost of energy, there are a number of government schemes and grants available to help people with their fuel bills.

Warm Home Discount Scheme

The Warm Home Discount scheme will be expanded, so nearly 3 million low-income households will benefit from a £150 discount.

Winter Fuel Payment

The Winter Fuel Payment is a government grant for people born before 25 September 1956 to help pay their heating bills. Payments will vary depending on circumstance.

Cold Weather Payment

The Cold Weather Payment is automatically given to eligible households in areas where temperatures are recorded below 0 degrees for 7 consecutive days.

Other schemes

Some energy suppliers also run their own energy grants to provide financial aid for those who need it, you don't necessarily need to be their customer to take advantage.

Digital Access and Broadband

Contact your provider and ask about Social Tariffs to reduce broadband cost.

Devices, if on UC or employment based benefits ask your work coach at DWP.

Search the web for companies providing free data.

Bill Busters Project – Blackburn with Darwen Healthy Living

BwD Healthy Living are supporting residents living in fuel debt We are creating a sustainable holistic offer for residents, especially with the recent cost of living crisis and gas and electricity rising drastically this offer can make a big difference to people’s lives. We know that cold homes can lead to ill health for people of all ages, exacerbating the health inequalities which many of our residents already face.

Residents can self-refer or be referred in by services. This can be done over the phone or by completing a simple form and sending it into our office electronically or by post.

For more information please contact our office on: 01254 292650 or e mail us on