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Cost of living

Read our tips and information to help you and your loved ones living with diabetes through the cost of living crisis. We're with you all the way. 

If you need any help with any aspect of living with diabetes or just want to chat, don't forget to call our helpline on 0345 123 2399. We're open Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm. If it's outside that time  — or at any other time, get support from others on our online forum,

Find out about cost of living support on the GOV.UK website.

We can't help you with individual benefit claims or financial guidance but there are experts who can. These are good places to start for your part of the UK:

Citizens Advice England 

Advice NI

Advicelink Cymru


People with a long-term health condition like diabetes can get extra help from their energy provider if there’s a power cut or your gas or electricity supply is interrupted. Contact your energy provider to ask to be added to their Priority Services Register. Find out more information below or read our page about the register. Your water company may also have a priority register.

Priority Services Register England

Priority Services Register - Scotland

Priority Services Register Wales

(Customer) Care Register - Northern Ireland


Try our budget meal plan

Save money on food shopping and reduce your waste.

Our cost of living survey findings

Read more about our findings from our cost of living survey, how the cost of living affects people living with diabetes and the action we're calling for.

Diabetes and benefits

Who can claim benefit to cover the cost of diabetes care?

Check your legal rights and entitlements

From free prescriptions to extra support at work - don't miss out.

Do you pay for your CGM or freestyle libre?

Check the latest guidelines to see who now qualifies for free tech

Reducing stress

Find out how stress can affect your blood sugar levels and what can help.

If you have diabetes and receive means-tested benefit and are referred to a diabetes specialist such as a dietitian, you may be able to claim a refund from the NHS for any travel costs to the appointments.

Healthcare travel costs scheme (England)

Get help with NHS travel costs | GOV.WALES

Hospital Travel Costs Scheme | nidirect

Help with health costs | NHS inform (Scotland)



Share your cost of living tips on our forum

Has the cost of living crisis affected how you look after your diabetes?

Order free recipe cards

Our recipe cards are here to help you cook tasty and nutritious meals on a budget. Keep them in the kitchen and reuse again and again.

Find a local group

Connect with others going through the same things as you.

Download a free copy of Balance the Budget

This guide is filled with expert advice and information on how to save money on food shopping and energy whilst still eating healthily and reducing food waste.
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