Don't forget, waste collections will be a day later than usual all this week after the spring bank holiday.
Recycling and rubbish collection days are also changing for some households in Mendip and South Somerset. Read about the changes and how they may affect you.

Council Tax Discounts

For information about Council Tax Discounts, visit our Council Tax page.


For information about Housing Benefits or Council Tax Support, visit our Housing Benefit page.

If you apply for Benefits and it is not given, or you are not satisfied with the amount of the benefit or the length of time it has been given, you can request a review of the decision.

You can also find information on Universal Credit, including how to apply on our Universal Credit page.

Discretionary Hardship Payments (DHPs)

If you already receive benefits and are in financial hardship, you can apply for additional support. Find out more on our Claim a discretionary award page.

Debt management

If you need debt advice you can find helpful information on the following websites:


If you cannot afford your rent and need advice on housing, you can find more information on our Housing support pages.

Food Parcels

Citizens Advice can provide food vouchers and grants for gas and electric top-ups. For a referral, please find your local Citizens Advice branch using the website below.

Using a food bank – Citizens Advice

Or phone 0808 223 1133 Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

Cost of Living

The rising cost of living is affecting everybody across the county. Support available includes:

  • Household Support Fund
  • Energy Bill Support
  • Village agents
  • National Support
  • Staying Well
  • Support for Carers
  • Support for People living with a Disability
  • Support for Families
  • Support for Older People

Please view the link below to find out more details about local support.

Cost of Living Support in Somerset

Community loan

For information on Credit unions, which are community loan providers. Please visit Wyverns or the Credit Unions website.

Energy Crisis

The Centre for Sustainable Energy provides information on the climate emergency. And aims to end the suffering caused by cold homes. Their energy advisors offer free advice.

For information on the Somerset Council’s carbon neutral target. And support for households please visit Our environment pages.

Passport to Leisure discounts

Families on low incomes can apply for discounted leisure activities. Please visit our Passport to Leisure page for more information.

Last reviewed: May 14, 2024 by Daniel

Next review due: November 14, 2024

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