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£30 million cost of living support for Shropshire residents

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Shropshire Council has helped to deliver more than £30 million to support residents with the rising cost of living.

The money has supported a wide range of people, including pensioners and families with young children, with food costs, fuel grants, energy bills and other essential living costs.

Thanks to Government grants, Shropshire Council has been able to identify and provide much needed financial support to those who need it most.

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.

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.

Since October 2021, Shropshire Council has been allocated three separate grants of £2.089m by the Department for Works and Pensions under the Household Support Fund (HSF) – a total of £6.266m.

This has enabled the council to target low-income families, single parents, pensioners in receipt of council tax support and has also provided around 7,500 children meal vouchers for the school holidays.

It has also seen the welfare support team help award around £789,000 to Shropshire households in crisis. More information on round 3 of the fund will soon be available.

Other recent schemes have included the £150 council tax rebate to support residents with their energy bills, totalling more than £16m; and the Holiday Activities and Food scheme, which saw more than 3,500 children and young people have access to free food and activities during the school holidays.

The council’s Affordable Warm and Energy Efficiency team has delivered a huge range of support to residents throughout the ongoing cost of living crisis. 300 households have received grants of up to £90,000 to carry out energy efficiency works totalling £1.65m.

For advice and support with the cost of living, click here.