Maximise your income

On a low income? Help is out there

See if you could get help to increase your income

Build your employment skills

Understand benefit changes & eligibility

Help from Shropshire Council

Help with food costs

Build your employment skills

The Building Better Opportunities programme helps those furthest away from employment gain the skills and experience they need to get into work.


If you are over 19+ you may be eligible for help gaining skills to get you into work.

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Many places across Shropshire offer help building employment skills


Download  the latest list from Shropshire Council  


Need help developing your IT skills? Courses are run across the county

Download  the latest list from Shropshire Council  


Benefits Changes

The benefits system has changed dramatically in recent years

Since 2010 45 benefits have been capped, scrapped, frozen or reduced

These changes have impacted on people both in and out of work

2018 Changes in Shropshire

Benefits Calculators - see if you are missing out on help


Easy to find advice on hundreds of topics. Universal Credit, PIP, benefits calculators.

Easy to use benefits calculator. 

Check to find out which welfare benefits you may be entitled to.

Are you missing out on help? Use this simple benefits calculator to find out. 

Universal Credit Roll Out

Universal credit is a new working age benefit which will eventually take the place of the income-based (means tested) parts of jobseeker’s allowance and employment and support allowance. It will also replace income support, housing benefit and the child and working tax credits. 

It’s being brought in slowly in Shropshire, but many people will need to claim it if their circumstances change. 

Council Tax Changes

Shropshire Council introduced changes to its Council Tax Support scheme on 1st April 2018. Most households are now expected to pay at least 20% of their council tax bill.

If you are struggling to pay please contact Shropshire Council rather than building up arrears


Help with food costs

Healthy Start
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With Healthy Start you can get:

  • Coupons to exchange for free vitamins

  • Weekly vouchers to buy milk, fresh or plain frozen fruit and vegetables, or infant formula milk

You qualify for Healthy Start if you’re at least 10 weeks pregnant or have a child under four years old and you or your family get:

  • Income Support, or

  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, or

  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, or

  • Child Tax Credit (with a family income of £16,190 or less per year)

  • Universal Credit (with a family take home pay of £408 or less per month) 

You also qualify if you are under 18 and pregnant, even if you don’t get any of the above benefits.

Free School Meals

You can apply for free school meals if you or your child receive any of the following:

  • Income Support

  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance

  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance

  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

  • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit

  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income of £16,190 or less

  • Working Tax Credit 'run-on' - the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

  • Universal Credit - In England, if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7400 a year 

Where to access help with budgeting and debt support

Can you reduce your bills? Are you eligible for any help?

Do you need help with white goods or kitchen equipment?