South Gloucestershire Council is working to help local residents manage their budgets in light of the rise in the cost of living.
This month officers from the council’s financial support team will be out in shopping centres across South Gloucestershire, including Kingswood, to talk to people about the various help available as well as offering top tips to save money.
The pop-up roadshows will offer information about eligibility and how to apply for funds and extra support available to people who need it, including council initiatives such as the Community Resilience Fund and Household Support Fund. There will also be information on rebates and reductions, such as the council tax rebate and reductions in council tax, as well as guidance on where to check if you are eligible for national support such as the Universal Credit top-up payment.
The council has also produced tips and advice to help save money in and around the home. There will be information available on how to cook smarter to save money on energy bills, keep your house cool in summer and warm in winter, and how to make the most of the food you buy.
The council’s waste and recycling team will also be on hand to give handy hints on how to minimise food waste and how to recycle your food waste, which reduces the cost of waste for South Gloucestershire.
There will additionally be information on free days out for families.
The dates of the roadshows are:
- Monday 15th August, 10am-noon at St Mary’s Shopping Centre, Thornbury
- Thursday 18th August, 10am-2pm Willow Brook Shopping Centre, Bradley Stoke
- Thursday 25 August, 11am-3pm Yate Shopping Centre
- Tuesday 30th August, 10am- 2pm Kings Chase Shopping Centre, Kingswood.
Information on financial support available is also available at https://beta.southglos.gov.uk/financial-support-for-residents