THE rising cost of living, fuel and food, is a growing concern as it is affecting so many people in our district and will continue to do so in the months ahead as inflation rises and the cap on energy costs is lifted.
Faced with these global and national pressures, locally we can only do so much but we will do what we can. Foodbank use is rising, and those who work in our community hubs are hearing heart-breaking stories from people who are struggling.
Foodbank donations have been going down recently, so please do donate if you can afford to do so. As a council we will keep supporting key frontline organisations with grants; we are fortunate to have such a strong voluntary and community sector in our district.
The district council has produced a leaflet in partnership with the Trussell Trust and Cotswold DC with more information on where to go for free money advice and support: worryingaboutmoney.co.uk/stroud-and-cotswold
The first Ukrainian families are now arriving in our area, and the council is working in partnership with all Gloucestershire councils and local organisations especially GARAS (Gloucestershire Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers) to provide checks and support for them and those kind people who are hosting them. If you are a host the council will be in touch regarding home checks.
There is a lot more information available here: gloucestershire.gov.uk/your-community/ukrainian-support
The £150 government discount on council tax will be paid out shortly to anyone who pays via direct debit, and anyone who pays by other means will be contacted so they can receive their discount as well.
If you are on council tax support then a discretionary grant will be given for the same amount.
I hope that you are able to enjoy some free time over the Easter holidays. We have put together a fabulous list of things to do with your family, which you can find on the council website, many of them free of charge.