Cost of living support

Colchester City Council is providing support for residents facing the cost of living crisis.


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 and access to essential household goods.  

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

Warm Homes Discount Scheme

You may be eligible for £150 towards your energy costs this winter. Find out more and check if you are eligible.

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 

Page last reviewed: 11 November 2022