Money and housing


Schools, nurseries and childminders are reopening. See Schools, children and families’ services.

Emergency help

In an emergency, East Sussex County Council may be able to help you if you are on a low income or receiving certain benefits. Find out more:

Discretionary East Sussex Support Scheme

There are several food banks in East Sussex. They provide food and other support to local people in crisis.

Furniture Now! and Hastings Furniture Service supply low cost furniture and appliances across East Sussex. Open for all, with discounts for people on benefits or on a low wage. Please take some evidence of your income.

Benefits advice

Free, confidential advice and support about benefits

Credit unions are local, community-based organisations to help you with loans and saving.

Housing and homelessness

Help for over 15s with housing needs at Home Works and Supported housing.

Housing advice for young people.

Help for 16 or 17 year olds – homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Help for families to avoid homelessness.

Help with the cost of holidays

Happy Days Charity and Family Holidays Association help disadvantaged families get that much-needed break away from home.

Advice and services

East Sussex 1Space lists groups that offer help with everything from housing to caring for others.

Financial help with learning


Help to pay for childcare


Families on a low income may get help with:

Post 16 education

If money worries are making it difficult for you to study, find out about help at C360.