Winter support and coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance

Colchester Borough Council is providing support for residents, businesses, and communities throughout winter. The government has announced that England will move to Plan B in response to the risks of the Omicron variant. Check the guidance on GOV.UK for what this means for you.

Winter Support for Colchester residents

PUBLISHED: 29 November 2021

Winter Support is available for local people who are experiencing acute financial pressures this winter.

As the cost of living continues to rise across the UK, with increased energy prices, living expenses, and the ongoing impact of Covid-19, Colchester Borough Council has launched a suite of Winter Support webpages, which signpost to a range of information and practical support available to residents, communities and businesses.

Cllr Beverley Oxford, Colchester Borough Council Portfolio Holder for Communities, said: “Winter is always a tough time, but this year the colder months will be even more challenging for families in Colchester. As the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic continues, alongside an increased cost of living, we will see households who were already struggling to make ends meet, facing a perfect storm as fuel and food prices rise as incomes are squeezed further.

“We are always here to support all our residents, businesses and communities with practical advice, help with applications for financial support payments and in finding employment for those that need it. We have pulled all the support together in one place so it’s easy for people to find the information they need.”

The council directly supports residents by helping them to maximise income to help pay their bills and rent. This includes checking benefit entitlement, as well as debt management, employment advice and wider financial support. It will also signpost to partner agencies for help accessing food, winter warmth advice and tackling isolation.

Businesses can find information about financial support and ongoing advice about working safely during the Covid-19 pandemic. Communities can find out about Colchester’s Winter Resilience campaign, key community contacts, and community initiatives across the borough.

For more information and to view the winter support web pages, visit

Follow Colchester Borough Council on Facebook and Twitter for updates #WinterSupportColchester.

Page last reviewed: 29 November 2021


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