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A Fairer Stockton-on-Tees

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A Fairer Stockton-on-Tees (FSOT) is the strategic framework for tackling inequalities in the Borough. The impact of inequalities is significant and impacts on quality of life, life chances and life expectancy. We have affluent areas alongside disadvantaged areas in the Borough. Nine of our 26 wards are in the 10% most deprived in the country and there is an average male life expectancy gap of 21 years between the most and least deprived areas.

At this time, the rising costs of food, fuel and other essentials are combining with this existing disadvantage and vulnerability to put households under significant pressure. This leaves them at risk of hardship and poor wellbeing in the short-term and reduced opportunity in the long-term.

FSOT's immediate focus is on shaping Council services and working with our partners to ensure the most vulnerable individuals and families receive the help they need to navigate these challenges.

If you or your organisation would like to get involved with our work, email


Cost of Living Support Hub

These are difficult times with the price of energy, food and other bills rising steeply. Many people are finding it tough to keep up with the cost of living.

If you are struggling with money, it's important to remember that you're not alone and that help is available to support you.

Our Cost of Living Support Hub contains information and resources in a 'one stop shop' that covers energy saving schemes, welfare assistance, benefits guidance, our Holidays are Fun programme and food banks as well as housing, health, training and employment advice.


Warm Spaces

The Fairer Stockton-on-Tees team alongside partner organisations including Catalyst, Thirteen, North Star Housing, Tees Active Leisure, and more, are building a directory of Warm Spaces for the winter months.

Warm Spaces are inclusive, non-judgmental places where our residents can go to get warm, take part in activities, receive support and advice, avoid social isolation, reduce their anxiety about the cost-of-living and generally stay well.

Visit the Warm Spaces page to view the current directory with full details of what is on offer and where.

Warm Spaces in Stockton-on-Tees

These spaces will evolve over time to offer a wide range of services in the future, so check back for regular updates to the directory.

If you or your organisation has a suitable heated venue that could open its doors this winter, the FSOT team wants to hear from you. You may be eligible for one-off funding between £50 and £500. Visit the Warm Spaces application page to complete the online form.



The FSOT team is supporting several Council services and partner organisations that work with vulnerable individuals and families to provide free mobile data, calls and texts.

Digital exclusion means people cannot access vital online public services, stay connected with family and friends, or get the health, housing, education or employment information they need.

We're currently distributing more than 150 data vouchers and SIM cards to people and families in need across Stockton-on-Tees who may be in financial difficulty, refugees or asylum seekers, homeless or care leavers.

Please be aware that there are many scams operating online, visit for the latest information. There is also free online scam awareness training available.

This work is supported by Good Things Foundation.


FSOT Strategic Framework

The FSOT Strategic Framework 2021-31 (PDF) [1MB] outlines five key areas of focus:

  1. tackling fundamental issues across the Borough as a whole
  2. reducing the inequalities faced by disadvantaged communities
  3. deprived neighbourhoods/wards
  4. closing the gap in outcomes for our most marginalised individuals and families
  5. reviewing the impact of the Council as a major employer, commissioner and purchaser

The framework is one of the key priorities of the Council Plan.