Urgent financial assistance

Our Financial and Employment Support Teams can help you access immediate financial help for housing costs.

They can also provide foodbank vouchers.  

The team can talk you through what you may be eligible for and help with applications, contact them on 01206 505855 or email benefits.advice@colchester.gov.uk

Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) 

DHP can provide extra financial help with paying your rent or other large costs linked to housing needs. 

Find out more about DHP

Exceptional Hardship Payment (EHP)

If you are experiencing exceptional finanical hardship and recieve Local Council Tax Support, you may be eligible for EHP. 

Find out if you are eligible 

Essex Essential Living Fund

In the event of an emergency, help can be provided through the Essex Essential Living Fund to pay for bills and essential household items.

The Essential Living Fund can help to pay for:

  • furniture
  • clothing
  • fuel connection charges
  • daily living expenses such as food and toiletries

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

Food banks  

Find details of food banks in Colchester as well as a list of referral agents who can provide support in obtaining a food bank voucher.

Find food banks

Household Support Fund

If you are facing hardship, you could get help with your essential household costs through the Household Support Fund.

Find out more about the Household Support Fund

Page last reviewed: 8 May 2024