Staffordshire Councils Unite to Help Families with the Rising Cost of Living 


Councils across Staffordshire are working together to support county families and businesses manage the rising cost of living. 

The Staffordshire Leaders Board heard today (Thursday 1 December) how the county council and every single district and borough council were taking steps to signpost people to support. 

It includes Stafford Borough Council establishing and funding a ‘Food Distribution Hub’ to provide additional support to local foodbanks, working in partnership with the voluntary sector through a newly formed Community Interest Company. And the local authority has also set up a scheme using venues across the borough as ‘warm spaces’ for residents. 

And neighbours Cannock Chase have created dedicated web content with information and support available on energy costs working with organisations such as Beat the Cold, financial management and an online directory of local food banks, community tables, warm hubs, and community cafes.   

And the ‘Board’ is now looking to set up a cross council group to collaborate locally where appropriate over the coming months. 

The County Council’s ‘Here to Help’ campaign and website is providing residents with information, advice, and signposting residents to local community support.   

Alan White, Leader of Staffordshire County Council and Chair of the Board, said: “We all recognise the significant impact the rise in the cost of living is having on families.” 

“As always, our wonderful voluntary sector and communities across Staffordshire are also offering amazing support across the county, from low-cost food shops to warm community venues where people can meet for a chat and a drink. 

“We know we have more difficult months ahead, but it is the amazing community spirit which is once again making a real difference to families in the county.” 

Press Release No 5978

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