What would help with the cost of living?

Closed 2 Oct 2022

Opened 5 Sep 2022

Feedback updated 7 Oct 2022

We asked

Essex County Council is looking at how best to support residents with cost of living concerns. We launched a survey aimed at understanding what practical things we could do to help over the coming months, and to test out some ideas with residents.

You said

The survey received a total of 883 responses.

Respondents suggested that more practical/immediate types of help and support were most important. This includes items to help stay warm this winter, home energy saving packs, and emergency food packages.

Of the types of support that respondents said they would use, the top responses were a home energy saving pack, items to help stay warm, and tried and tested top tips for making your money go further.

Suggestions for help and support from residents included help to make homes more energy efficient, reduced council tax/council tax breaks, and community initiatives (such as via libraries, cafes and churches to offer meals, food banks, activities, warm spaces, and welfare check schemes).

The full survey report can be downloaded here.

We did

Essex County Council has now launched a £50m package of support, which is outlined in the Cost of Living Support for Households and Communities Plan. More information about the plan is available here.

The insights from this survey will continue to inform help and support for residents in Essex.

Results updated 7 Oct 2022



Essex County Council is looking at how best to support residents with cost of living concerns. 

We know that people are struggling with the cost of living and there will be tough times ahead for many. 

We want to understand what practical things we could do to help you over the coming months. 

We have a few ideas which we think could be useful and would like to test these out with residents in Essex.

Please complete this short survey to share your views and tell us what you think. We'd love to hear any ideas you have too. This should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete.

There will also be an opportunity to provide your contact details if you are interested in taking part in further engagement to share more about your views.

Data protection

Essex County Council fully complies with information legislation. If you would like the full details of how we use personal data, and the rights you have about its use, please go to www.essex.gov.uk/privacy-community or call 03457 430430.


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