Cost of living: food and essentials, medicine, energy bills, travel

A list of help that's available in Kent

This is a list of support that’s available to people who are struggling with the cost of food, essentials, medicine, energy bills and travel.

Food banks

If you are in need of food and essentials, you can search for a food bank near you using Kent County Council's database.

For most food banks, you will need a food voucher or a referral. The process for each food bank is different so the best thing to do is contact your nearest food bank to find out how you can access it.

You can find more information about food vouchers on the Citizen's Advice Bureau website or the Trussell Trust website.

Free prescriptions

You may be entitled to free prescriptions from your pharmacy if you’re in receipt of certain benefits or are on a low income. The NHS has an eligibility checker where you can find out if you’re entitled to free prescriptions.

Support managing energy bills

If you are struggling with the cost of gas and electricity, Groundwork’s Green Doctors offer free, impartial advice and support to help you save energy and reduce your bills. You can find out more about the service here.

Half price bus travel for jobseekers

If you’re a jobseeker who has a Jobcentre Plus travel card, Stagecoach is offering half price travel. You can find out more about how the JobCentre Plus travel card works and how to apply for one here.