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Partnership seeks views on cost-of-living challenges

A survey has been launched to find out what help and support Bromsgrove residents need as the Cost-of-Living crisis continues.

Launched by the Cost-of-Living Partnership, of which Bromsgrove District Council is a member, the short survey asks residents about the impact currently being experienced by households and about the support which they may or may not be getting.

The final outcome of the survey will help the council and other local organisations improve the help, advice and support available, in line with residents’ needs.

Bromsgrove District Council Chief Executive, Kevin Dicks, who chairs the partnership which is made up of local public and third sector groups and organisations, said: “The crisis is set to continue as caps on utility bills, which are set to land on doormats, are due to end and rent increases are also inevitable.

“By continuing to work with partners we can bring together all the help and advice available for residents who can be signposted to get the correct support for them from a trustworthy source.

“This survey will provide us with useful data so we can ensure the work we are doing is having an effect and we can tailor it to meet our residents’ needs.”

The partnership, which includes DWP, Act on Energy and CAB, has already launched a leaflet for residents and a webpage, as well as a cost-of-living event hosted by the Worcestershire County Council and the local libraries which has also recently taken place in Bromsgrove. A second leaflet is set to go out in Council Tax bills in March and will also be available online.

Bromsgrove District Council Leader, Cllr Karen May, said: “We want residents to seek help and advice sooner rather than later so the support can be put in place quickly.

“It’s also imperative that we check in on friends and neighbours who may be struggling to ensure they also know that they are not alone.”

A copy of the survey is available here and should take approximately 5 minutes to complete. The closing date for responses is 5pm Friday 10 March 2023.

Cost of living help and advice is available at

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