Council ramps up support for residents facing cost of living crisis

A ’30-point cost of living action plan’ has been launched by Redcar & Cleveland Council to provide additional help and support to local residents through the cost of living crisis.

As energy bills soar and the cost of the weekly shop escalates, the council is putting additional support in place for those struggling in the borough.

The plan will deliver a variety of actions, ranging from warm spaces in public buildings across the borough for those residents who are struggling to heat their homes, targeted information on the latest help and advice, warm and well packs for vulnerable residents, help and advice on healthy cooking on a budget, extra mental wellbeing support, welfare rights events in community venues and free hot meals for residents with no family support.

Leader of Redcar and Cleveland Council, Cllr Mary Lanigan commented:

“Petrol, food, energy and other bills are all rising, and we know many people in the area are worried about how they are going to make ends meet.

“I can promise our residents that we will do everything within our power to support them through this crisis and the action plan helps highlight the additional support we will provide with our partners.

“A ‘Grangetown Generations’ cost of living crisis drop-in session took place at Grangetown library yesterday where the council and partners were on hand to offer guidance and support to residents. This included a slow cooker demonstration prior to the event which helped demonstrate the financial and nutritional benefits of using a slow cooker.

“Practical events like this are a great example of how we can deliver help and support in the heart of our communities.”

The action plan will be presented to the Health and Wellbeing Board when it meets on Monday, September 26, and will be delivered and developed by the council for as long as it is needed.

For further information, help and advice please visit the cost of living webpage at