Help and support is on hand for those who are worried about money or struggling with day to day living this winter.

Shropshire Council has been working with partners to bring together key resources into one place, to help residents across Shropshire affected by the cost of living crisis.

The Cost of Living Help website offers a wide range of information and advice on:

  • Money
  • Energy costs and advice
  • Food
  • Information and support for those who care for others
  • Help getting work
  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • What benefits/financial support you could claim from your council
  • Warm welcome locations – nearly 60 locations where residents can just turn up for a chat and find out what support there is in their local area.

In addition to the above support, there is a handy 16 point cost of living checklist that can help you focus on the things that can help reduce costs and increase your income as well as supporting your mental health.

Gwilym Butler, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for finance and corporate resources, said:

“We know people across Shropshire are struggling and many are really worried about how they will cope with rising costs of energy, food and fuel.

“This is a top priority for us, and we are working closely with our partners in the voluntary sector to ensure residents know how to access the help and support they need.

“Since 2021 the council has helped to get millions of pounds to those who need it most, and this targeted support will continue throughout this year and into 2023.

“If you or someone you know is worried about money or is struggling right now, you are not alone. It is important to know that; There may be simple steps you can take to cut costs or maximise your income; and if you are getting into debt or your mental health is suffering, do not wait to get help.

“Together with our Social Taskforce partners we have also created a webpage full of valuable advice, tips and guidance to help people keep warm, safe and well this winter.”

Rachel Robinson, chair of the taskforce, and Shropshire Council’s executive director of health, wellbeing and prevention, added:

“If you or someone you know is worried about the cost of living, you are not alone. There is a wide range of support on offer. and through the taskforce we have been able to bring all that help and information together in one place for residents to access.

“Even if you’ve never needed support before, I really encourage everyone to take a look.

“We’ve put together a really handy checklist of things everyone can do to maximise their incomes and reduce costs, whatever your circumstances; including what financial support is available. There is also expert advice and tips from our partners on things like the energy price cap/guarantee, pre-payment meters, protecting yourself against scams; and more, where you can get further specialist advice and support.”

To find out what support is on offer, visit our Cost of Living Help webpage here.