Local COVID alert level: high (tier 2)

Essex is on the high alert level (tier 2), this does not include Southend and Thurrock who are on the medium alert level (tier 1).

Check the latest guidance on what this means to keep yourself and others safe.

For information, advice and support, visit the coronavirus hub.

Money, debt and benefits

Money and debt

All money and debt problems can be solved and there are lots of organisations that offer free help.

Essex Floating Support gives housing related support, including how to:

  • maintain your tenancy and prevent homelessness
  • budget your money
  • manage debt
  • claim welfare benefits

Essex Floating Support Service

To access this service, visit the Outreach Support section of the Peabody website.

Alternatively, you can contact Peabody by:

Your local Citizens Advice can speak to you in person or over the phone about money, debt and benefits.

Christians Against Poverty offers free debt advice and runs money courses in Essex.
You can also get debt and money advice from:

Help with loan sharks

Loan sharks are illegal moneylenders that often charge very high interest rates.

Visit Stop Loan Sharks to report a loan shark anonymously or find out more.

Essex credit unions

Credit unions are community co-operatives that provide savings and loans to their members. They can help you save regularly and borrow responsibly. Visit Find Your Credit Union to search for one near you.

Energy bills

The Essex Energy Switch is a collective scheme that negotiates cheaper deals from energy suppliers. You can sign up for free and are under no obligation to switch supplier.

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