The majority of people who apply for council (social) housing will not be successful. The demand for council housing far outweighs supply in Southend and across England as a whole.
The number of applicants looking for social housing is constantly increasing, but the number of available properties is going down every year. As a result even those in the greatest need may wait several years to be offered accommodation.
In almost all cases you will find alternative accommodation much quicker by renting from a private landlord. If you are on a low income you may be able to get help with rent payments by claiming Housing Benefit or Universal Credit.