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Help with Cost of Living

If you are worried about the rising cost of living, we want to assure you that you’re not alone.

In Shropshire:

You should never feel ashamed about reaching out for help when you’re struggling. Your local council might be able to help – you don’t have to be on benefits to access support.

You don’t have to deal with it by yourself so don’t wait and reach out for help.

Citizens Advice Shropshire offers confidential, free, independent and impartial advice. Call our Free Adviceline on 0808 278 7894 open Monday to Friday from 10 am to 4 pm or go to get advice section of this webpage for more information.

Maximise your income

You might be able to increase your income by doing things like:

  • claiming benefits or government grants
  • checking you’re being paid the right wage
  • getting help from charities
  • renting out a room
  • getting child maintenance

Find out more here.

Reducing your regular living costs

If you’re struggling with money, there are steps you can take to save on your regular living costs. You might be able to save money by:

  • getting a discount on your council tax
  • getting a water meter fitted
  • switching to a cheaper broadband, TV, or phone deal
  • getting cheaper travel
  • paying for your prescriptions in advance

Find out more here.

Dealing with debt

If you would like to talk to a specialist debt adviser about your situation you can call 01743 280 019 Monday to Friday 10 am to 4 pm.

If you have lots of debts and are struggling to pay, there are things you can do to help you get out of debt. Find out more here.

Budgeting

Simply put, a budget is a plan for your money.  If you’ve never created or maintained a budget before, it might seem intimidating, but it doesn’t need to be. In fact, the most successful budgets are simple.

Our budgeting tool can help you understand:

  • what you’re earning and spending
  • where you might be able to cut costs

It takes at least 30 minutes to complete