Cost of Living Support
Get in touch with us to let us know if you’re struggling with your finances
Deptford Green School will do all we can to support you and your families during this challenging time. We know everyone is feeling the pinch this winter and we want to support those families in our school community who are impacted the most. If you’re struggling with your finances, please do get in touch to let us know, as there may be things, we can suggest which will help. We want to do everything we can to help you and your child through this difficult winter.
Check to see if your child is now entitled to free school meals (FSM)
If your child is eligible for free school meals (FSM) you need to get them registered. This will allow them to get a free meal at school, and we’ll get extra funding to support your child’s learning. Click here Apply for Free School Meals Online to apply and read information, or contact our school office on 0208-691-3236 for more information.
Contact your local Citizen’s Advice Bureau or Family Hub
Citizen’s Advice Bureau (CAB)
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 other financial support organised
- Accessing support for essential costs (food, bills, rent)
Visit the Citizens Advice’s website or contact your local branch to book an appointment. Freephone Lewisham Advice Line is open. Call us on 0800 231 5453 to talk to an advisor (Mon to Fri, 9:30am – 12:30pm and 1:30pm – 4:00pm).
Contact your local Family Hub to get help accessing all the support you might need as a family. The closest Family Hub to Deptford Green School is Bessborough Family Hub in Westminster. The lead contact is Catherine Drake Wilkes and the email address is: email@example.com
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:
- Policy in Practice
- Support for migrant families – use this calculator if you are a migrant family, or if you have no recourse to public funds
You may be able to get benefits paid early if you’re already feeling the squeeze - this is known as ‘a short-term benefit advance’ - you will need to contact the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) office that’s dealing with your claim.
Check you’ve received all the government’s cost of living payments
The government’s cost of living payment is 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 here.
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
See what other support you can get from your local authority
Lewisham and other Local Authorities have lots of other support and schemes that you might be eligible for, including:
- The holiday activities and food programme – access to food and activities over the school holidays
- Help with transport to school
- Help with the cost of uniform
To find out more for Lewisham go to https://lewisham.gov.uk/myservices/cost-of-living
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. Here are the local foodbank opening times and locations.
Deptford Salvation Army:Mary Ann Gardens, Deptford, SE8 3DP. Open Monday 12- 2.
- Lewisham Salvation Army: 4 Albion Way, Lewisham, SE13 6BT. Open Tuesday 10-12.
- Downham St John the Baptist Church: St John the Baptist Church, 353 Bromley Road, SE6 2RP. Open Wednesday 12-2.
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 consume).