We know that many people are worried about the rising cost of essential items like food, energy, and rent. Below is a summary of some of the key support which is available nationally and locally.
Information and support from national government
The gov.uk website has information about government support for the cost of living. This includes income and disability benefits, bills and allowances, childcare, housing and travel.Visit the gov.uk cost of living support centre
Help for Households
Countries around the world are facing rising goods and energy prices, inflation, and cost of living pressures after the pandemic and the war in Ukraine.
People are worried, so the government is offering help for households. See what cost of living support you could be eligible for.Visit the Help for Households page
Information and support from local government
Find a summary of their support available from your local councils which may be able to help during this difficult time.Visit Essex County Council’s cost of living support centre Visit Southend-on-Sea City Council’s cost of living support centre Visit Thurrock Council’s cost of living support centre
Citizens Advice is a national charity and network of local charities that offer confidential advice online, over the phone, and in person, for free. They help to connect people with the knowledge and confidence to deal with problems they might be facing.
Their cost-of-living advice page has information about support which may be available to afford essentials like bills and food.
Additional Citizens Advice pages which may be useful:
- Help with debts
- Reducing regular living costs
- Using a foodbank
- Mortgage problems
- Rent arrears
Your local Citizens Advice
Your local Citizens Advice can provide information about support which is available in your area.Find your local Citizens Advice
Warm Homes Essex
Warm Homes Essex is a partnership between Essex County Council and Citizens Advice Essex. They help people struggling to afford heating to keep their homes warm. They can also help residents reduce their energy costs and impact on the environment.Visit Warm Homes Essex’s website
The Trussell Trust
Food banks provide a minimum of three days’ emergency food to people in crisis, alongside additional support. To get help from a food bank, people need to be
referred with a voucher, which can be issued by a number of local community organisations, such as schools, GPs and advice agencies.
You can also call the Help through Hardship helpline for free to talk confidentially to a trained Citizens Advice adviser on 0808 208 2138 (Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm)Find a food bank