Understanding the extent and impact of the cost-of-living crisis on Essex residents
Research & Citizen Insight and Data and Analytics colleagues within Essex County Council collated insight to understand the impact of the cost-of-living challenge for residents, deploying analytics to help us pre-empt the scale of the issue, targeting our immediate response, and using research to understand the root causes of cost-of-living pressures. This informed the Council’s six-point plan to deliver £50m support to Essex households and communities – targeting resources to the areas and resident groups who were most in need. This session will take you through the insight informing the six-point plan, including work around fuel poverty – how this affected households across the County and by District, how inflation rises are affecting the discretionary income, how mortgage rate increases impact household discretionary income, in-depth qualitative research with Essex residents to bring to life their experiences and feelings about coping with the increased cost of living, emotional wellbeing impact and the impact of the crisis on children’s services and the relationship between referrals and financial hardship, and foster care forecasts.
Michele Figg and Emily Brodie, Intelligence Managers & Poppy Reece, Senior Researcher, Essex County Council
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