COST OF LIVING - Support in Redbridge

The London Borough of Redbridge website has a wide range of information and advice for residents who are struggling with the cost of living.

Visit the Redbridge Cost of Living site at

Guidance is provided on the following:

  • Household Support Fund
  • Cost of living payments
  • Support with energy bills
  • Community foodbanks
  • Free School Meals
  • Weekly grocery savings
  • Discounts for social care, NHS and emergency services
  • Cost of Living for the Armed Forces Community

They can also provide information on help with bills, including:

  • Universal Credit
  • Welfare benefits advice
  • Debt and money advice
  • Energy bills rebate
  • Energy bill discount
  • Council tax support
  • Discretionary Housing Payments
  • Problems paying rent or mortgage
  • Risk of becoming homeless
  • Cutting heating costs

There is additional support provided by other organisations and you can find their information in the sections below. 

Childcare Choices from GOV UK

The Childcare Choices website has information on the wide range of support available for parents and carers accessing childcare, including:

  • Tax-Free Childcare
  • 30 Hours Free Childcare
  • Tax Credits for Childcare
  • Universal Credit for Childcare
  • Support while you study

For the 15 hours of free early education for 2 year olds, or 3 and 4 year olds please visit our pages here on the Family Services Directory. 

Help for Households from GOV UK

For guidance from GOV UK on the following:

  • Cost of Living Payments
  • Energy saving tips to save money
  • Winter Fuel Payment
  • Warm Home Discount
  • Household costs
  • Income support
  • Transport costs
Support for your mental health and wellbeing

You may be finding the impact of the cost of living impacting your mental health and wellbeing. If you are, please reach out for support:

  • Mind - Offering advice and support for those living with a mental health problem
  • Samaritans - Always there to listen. Call free on 116 123 at any time of the day or night
  • Mental Health & Money Advice - Clear, practical advice and support for people experiencing issues with mental health and money
  • NHS - Mental health information and support
  • YoungMinds - A charity for children, young people and their parents, making sure all young people can get the mental health support they need

Being active is great for physical and mental health, raising self-esteem and helping achieve goals.

Energy Advice London

Energy Saving Trust has 30 years’ experience in delivering expert energy efficiency and renewables advice to consumers.

Expert advisors can provide advice and signpost callers to a range of local support and financial assistance including referrals to the Warmer Homes Advice Service for emergency support and home visits to vulnerable clients.

The website includes a directory of local support services including cost of living support

Visit for more information. 

View the Energy Advice London's leafet 'Smart Ways to Save' here

British Gas Energy Trust

If you’re struggling with your energy bills, the British Gas Energy Trust is an independent charity that can help – no matter who your energy supplier is.

National Debtline

National Debtline is a charity offering free and independent debt advice over the phone and online. 

They also have a Cost of Living Hub section on their website which offers advice on making the most of your money, dealing with debts and high energy bills, help with your bills and what to do if you can't afford essential costs. Click here for their Cost of Living Hub


Shelter helps people in housing need by providing advice and practical assistance. Find information on a range of topics, including:

  • Homelessness
  • Private renting
  • Eviction
  • Tenancy deposits
  • Repairs
  • Benefits and money problems
  • Council housing
  • Mortgage repossession
Job Centre Plus

Free help and advice is available from a Jobcentre Plus adviser for those who are unemployed and looking for work

Household and life items

A Library of Things – No need to buy, borrow various items for a small donation.

Reuse Network – Supporting the repair and reuse of items. Find reuse charities in your area

In Kind Direct - In Kind Direct distribute quality consumer products, donated by some of the UK’s best known manufacturers, retailers and brands, to charitable organisations across the UK.

Healthy Start from NHS

If you’re more than 10 weeks pregnant or have a child under 4, you may be entitled to get help to buy healthy food and milk.

If you’re eligible, you’ll be sent a Healthy Start card with money on it that you can use in some UK shops. We’ll add your benefit onto this card every 4 weeks.

How to apply

For support to apply, you can visit your local Children's Centre or any of the hubs below, or contact the national Healthy Start contact centre on 0300 330 7010...

  • Loxford and Cranbrook Hub at Loxford Polyclinic
  • Fairlop Hub at Hainault Health Centre
  • Seven Kings Hub at Seven Kings Health Centre
  • Wanstead and Woodford Hub at South Woodford Health Centre

Additional support from Sainsbury's until 11 April 2023

From Wednesday 12th October 2022 until Tuesday 11th April 2023, customers receiving Healthy start scheme will automatically receive a £2 printed coupon at Sainsbury’s every week whenever they use their Healthy Start card.

The coupon is valid when purchasing fresh, frozen, and tinned fruit and vegetables.

Customers can only redeem coupons at big Sainsbury stores but can use the coupons at both the big and small Sainsbury stores.

Too Good To Go app

The Too Good To Go app is free to use and allows you to purchase 'Mystery Bags' of food from a number of local retailers including supermarkets, local businesses and restaurants. It's aim is to reduce food waste but can also provide you with food at discounted prices. 

Download from your phone's app store. 

Money Saving Expert

Money Saving Expert is a private website that contains information and advice on most things money related, including:

  • Cards and loans
  • Household bills
  • Complain & reclaim
  • Banking & savings
  • Mortgages & homes
  • Travel Insurance
  • Deals & shopping
  • Income & Budgeting
  • Students
Early Years Alliance - tips for parents and carers

The Early Years Alliance offer support to childcare providers but have also published a number of guides for parents and carers, including:

Page last reviewed: 31/01/2023

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