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
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.
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
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
Shropshire Council Help
Shropshire Council is able to help people on low incomes or in financial crisis through the following schemes:
Help with food costs
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-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