Cost of Living for the Armed Forces Community

Census 2021 showed there are 2801 members of the Armed Forced community living in Redbridge.

The Royal British Legion provides support to the Armed Forces community through the provision of Cost of Living Grants.

This programme is designed to allow to assist armed forces veterans who need help in a quick and easy way with everyday essentials such as kitchen appliances, clothes, and energy costs. This programme is open to anyone who is eligible for support struggling to pay for items and services they need.

A Cost of Living Grant is a quickly assessed grant designed to support those struggling with the rising cost of living. Costs you can receive a grant for include:

  • Energy bills
  • School uniforms
  • Kitchen appliances
  • Digital access equipment

There are many other everyday costs that are eligible for a grant too, and our easy-access portal makes applying for support quick and convenient.

Further information and how to apply

Ilford Community Grocery

The Ilford Community Grocery offers affordable groceries to people in Redbridge. You can join this grocery for £5 a year and you can buy 12 items for just £5 helping your food budget go further. You will get about 80% discount on your grocery bills at the Community Grocery.  Pay them a visit and see if it is for you. The Community Grocery is located at 25-29 Clements Rd, Ilford. More details: