Support for families

Free school meals

Check to see if you qualify for Free school meals.

We have allocated £650,000 from the government's Household Support Fund to continue free school meals during the holidays. Your school will be in touch with the arrangements.


If your household has a low income and you are struggling with your finances, you may qualify for Benefits.

Rent and council tax extra help

Extra financial help may be available to help towards your rent and Council Tax. See: Discretionary payments.

Cold weather payments

A payment by the government's Department for Work and Pensions if the average temperature in your area is recorded as, or forecast to be, zero degrees Celsius or below for 7 consecutive days. See if you are eligible: - Cold weather payment.

Warm spaces

Find a warm welcome across the borough this winter with a whole range of activities. There's activities for children and social occasions to support for parents and learning and training courses in a warm, safe, inviting, and friendly environment: The Bury Directory - Warm spaces Bury.

Free school or college travel pass

See: School and college travel assistance.

Free education and childcare for 2-year-olds (Early Education and Childcare)

See: Free education and childcare for 2-year-olds.


There is help and advice available if you are at risk of losing your home. See: Homeless information and advice.

Water bills

There is assistance available from United Utilities with grants to pay off water debt and debt advice. It may also be able to help with white goods. See: United Utilities Trust Fund.

Extra support for families

Contact 0161 253 5400 or email your local Community Hub: