Helping you with the cost of living

Support is available if you are worried about or struggling with rising costs.

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Household costs

If you need emergency money or food, you may be eligible for a budgeting loan or grants and charitable funds.

Council Tax

The government has introduced a £150 Council Tax rebate. If you live in an eligible property and you pay your council tax by direct debit, your local council will generally make the payment directly to your bank account. Payments started in April 2022. If you live in an eligible property and you do not pay your council tax by direct debit, contact your local council.

You could be eligible for a Council Tax Reduction if you’re on a low income or claim benefits. You can apply if you own your home, rent, are unemployed or working.

Funding towards household costs

If you are facing hardship, you can get help with your essential household costs. You can also get advice and support from Citizens Advice and other voluntary and community organisations.


Foodbanks give free food to people who are struggling financially. The Salvation Army also offers emergency assistance to people in need.

Community Supermarkets have been set up in Basildon and Jaywick Sands. Shoppers pay a £3.50 membership fee upon arrival and can save approximately 30% on food and household essentials (compared to Lidl and Aldi prices).

Proof of a Basildon address is needed to become a member of the Laindon Community Supermarket. Proof of a Jaywick Sands postcode is needed to become a member of the Brooklands Community Shop.

  • Brooklands Community Shop, 12 Brooklands Gardens, Jaywick, Clacton-on-Sea, CO15 2JP: open Monday 10am-2pm, Tuesday 10am-2pm and Friday 12pm-4pm

  • Laindon Community Supermarket, Laindon Community Centre, Aston Road, Laindon, Basildon, SS15 6NX: open Friday 10am-12pm


If you’re a low-income family receiving Universal Credit or other benefits, you could be eligible for a discounted broadband service.

Public transport

Essex Highways have put together a list of money saving tips for travelling around Essex on public transport. This includes park and ride discounts, concessionary bus passes and saver bus tickets.

Helpful reading

Essex Libraries have put together a list of reading recommendations for people who are worried about rising costs.