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Money, debt and benefits

Household Support Fund

Household funding scheme extended

We are reviewing our scheme to provide financial support to eligible families following the government’s announcement that the Household Support Fund will be renewed. We are waiting for further information from the Department for Work and Pensions about the new fund from 1 April. Until then you can still get support.

If you are facing hardship, you can get help with your essential household costs. You do not need to be claiming benefits to get support.

Where to get support

Essex Essential Living Fund

Anyone can apply for this funding. You will need to answer questions about your income, earnings and savings. You also need to give proof of your financial situation.

The Essential Living Fund can help pay for:

  • furniture
  • household furnishings
  • white goods
  • clothing and footwear, including school uniforms in exceptional circumstances
  • general living expenses such as groceries, nappies, toiletries and money for pay-as-you-go fuel meters

You must live in Essex and apply through Southend Borough Council.

Active Essex holiday activity and food programme

The Essex ActivAte programme provides free holiday activity clubs to young people who are eligible for benefits-based free school meals and other low-income families and vulnerable young people. Clubs take place across the county.

Find out more about the Active Essex holiday and food programme.

Citizens’ Advice in Essex

Citizens’ Advice can provide advice on winter warmth and information on other support services.

You can get help by contacting your local centre:

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