SHROPSHIRE Council will be offering financial and welfare support and advice to residents struggling to manage their household bills, it had announced.

These services include information concerning free school meals, benefits information, winter support service and support for homeless people.

Simon Jones, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for adult social care and public health, believes the advice will be a help for those who need it.

He said: “Winter can be a time of worry for individuals and families who are struggling to find money to pay essential bills and other outgoings.

"Especially for those who have been affected by the pandemic and have never found themselves in this position before.”

“I would therefore urge anyone who has found themselves, and continues to find themselves, struggling to make ends meet or need that extra support to improve their wellbeing, to contact our dedicated and supportive advisers.

"We are here to help.”

Kirstie Hurst-Knight, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for children and education, added: “We know the pandemic has affected, and continues to affect, many families across Shropshire.

“Children and families can get extra support this winter, with councils given new funding to ensure vulnerable households do not go hungry or without essential items.

"If you or someone you know is finding it hard to support their family, get in touch with us.”

You can find out more about these services and what other winter support is available at

The council’s 5 Ways to Winter Wellness website also offers further advice and information to support your health and wellbeing throughout the winter months.