Cost of Living and Welcoming Places

Top tips, advice and support to help with energy costs and more

Public Health Newsletter: March 2023

Cost of Living and Welcoming Places

There is a wealth of help and advice available at South Tyneside Cost of Living Information. This includes information on government help, welfare support and the Household Support Fund. There is also help and support on the following subjects:

  • Money and debt advice
  • Benefit entitlement
  • Crisis support and food
  • Job and skills support
  • Education
  • Data tariffs

Help for Households

The government is offering support to help with the cost of living and how to save money with energy saving tips with their Help for Households Campaign.

Money helper

Whether you're worried about rising rents, covering higher energy costs or tackling debt, find useful tools, calculators and guides to help you keep on top of your money at Money Helper.

Damp and mould

Due to the cost of living crisis, many of us are using our heating less, which can make condensation build up more. Condensation is one of the biggest causes of damp in homes. Condensation may be made worse if the other types of dampness are also present.

The Council have put together some useful information that should help you to identify different types of dampness and reduce condensation. It also explains how to treat the mould growth often associated with it.

Find out more at Damp, mould and condensation.

Healthy Start vitamins and vouchers

Anyone who is pregnant or families with children under 4 and in receipt of qualifying benefits may be entitled to get help to buy some basic foods and milk. Find out if you're eligible for the Healthy Start scheme at and apply online.

Anyone who lives in South Tyneside and is at least 10 weeks pregnant and / or has a child under 4 years old can also claim FREE Healthy Start Vitamins every 8 weeks. To find out where you can collect vitamins from visit Healthy Start Vitamins

Welcoming Places

South Tyneside Council alongside the voluntary and community sector developed a network of 'Welcoming Places' to help residents during the cost of living crisis.

Welcoming Places are places where people can go, free of charge, to spend time during the day or evenings to keep warm if they are struggling to heat their homes.

Many venues will also offer additional facilities such as hot drinks, free wi-fi, activities and access to information and advice.