Cost of living


The Council is determined to do everything it can at a local level to support people as the cost-of-living rises. This page provides useful information, advice and support from the Council , DWP and other organisations.
 
The Council is also working with partner organisations to ensure that support continues to be targeted to the most vulnerable residents in the district and welcome any additions to the information we share with residents. Please email to partnerships@rochford.gov.uk

These pages will be regularly reviewed and updated in line with any government changes in support and any local information provided by partners. 

Support with bills and money

Support to make the most of your money and find help if you need it and includes help with budget planning, help with energy bills and other useful information.

Rochford information

How to Claim Benefits

Sustainable Warmth Energy Efficient Measures

Financial Help and Money Advice

 

Other useful information

Cost of living support government fact sheet - 26 May 2022

Energy bills support government factsheet - 21 September 2022

Money Manager for Universal Credit claimants

​Reduce your Energy Bills 

 

Support with food

Advice and guidance on eating on a budget, finding your local foodbank in the district, money saving tips, support organisations and cheap recipes. 

The Hub at MegaCentre Rayleigh - Tel: 01268 779999

Cost of Living Crisis: The 25p Meal

Budget recipes

What can I make with... recipe finder

30 delicious recipes you can cook for under £1

 

Support with wellbeing

Information on local support organisations to support physical and mental health wellbeing. 

Rochford information

Leisure facilities

Looking after your mental health

Live Well Link Well

The Livewell Campaign

Maintaining a healthy weight 

Crouch Walks - South of the River

Healthy homes and independent living

Other health support

Voluntary Organisations

Castle Point & Rochford Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2022-25

 

Other useful information

The Hub - The MegaCentre Rayleigh 

Ramblers Wellbeing Walks Rochford

Avoiding a fall

Essex Wellbeing Service 

 

Go Green

Advice on how you can reduce your own energy costs to go green such as retrofitting house to improve their energy efficiency and also enjoy the District's green spaces.

Rochford information

Crouch Walks - South of the River

Reuse and recycling in the District 

Sustainable Warmth Energy Efficient Measures

Rochford District Council Carbon Neutral Policy

 

Other useful information

Clean Air Hub

Go Jauntly Walking App

 

Support with work

Advice and support to help you work such as cost of living payments and childcare vouchers. 

Universal Credit


Support with running a business

The new Energy Bill Relief Scheme is cutting energy prices for businesses, charities and public-sector organisations such as schools and hospitals. If you're on a default or variable tariff your prices will also be automatically cut, but you may be able to save more by moving to a new fixed price contract. Please beware of scams. You DO NOT need to apply for the scheme  For further information please visit the .gov.uk website. 

To reduce your business running costs, you can develop a Low Carbon Reduction Plan for FREE. Rochford District Council has funded Colbea to assist you with this by working with sustainability experts. Please find out more on our Business Events page 

For FREE financial advice and to find out all about the different finance options available to your business, please visit Let’s Do Business Group 

You can also access the Cost of Living Hub on the Business Debtline website 

Rochford District Council has partnered with Colbea to provide FREE business 1 to 1 support for residents and businesses located in the Rochford District. This includes general business support advice, start-up advice, help with importing and exporting and should you wish to diversify your business into new markets and become more resilient. Please visit Colbea website 

In addition, the government fund the BEST Growth Hub to give FREE business advice in Essex, on all aspects of your business. To book a diagnostic with a business navigator, please visit BEST website