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Support with rising energy costs

Last week the Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a Council Tax Rebate of £150 for those whose properties fall in bands A to D to help with rising energy costs.

On top of this discount, it was announced that discretionary funding of £144 million will also be provided to support vulnerable people and individuals on low incomes that do not pay Council Tax, or that pay Council Tax for properties in Bands E-H.

We are awaiting more information from central government on how this will be administered for those in the Braintree district, and we will update you as and when we know more.

Essential Living Fund to support families

For Essex residents in need of emergency support to help with essential living costs, they can apply for Essex County Council’s Essential Living Fund. If they are eligible, they will be offered support such as vouchers for food and fuel, or high-quality pre-owned furniture from reputable charities as well as white goods.

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