BROMSGROVE District Council and partner organisations have released a revised version of their informational cost of living leaflet to provide support for residents during the summer months.

The updated resource aims to help residents, particularly families, discover a variety of free and low-cost activities available to them.

The leaflet includes suggestions for fun things to do, tips to maintain physical and mental well-being, and access to valuable financial assistance and advice, most of which is available for free or at a maximum cost of £5.

Council leader, Cllr Karen May, said: "We understand that the rising interest rates and utility bills are impacting everyone, and whilst we might not be using our central heating or turning our lights on as much, the summer brings its own challenges, particularly for families during the school holidays.

“We want all our residents to know that support is available to each and every one of them, regardless of their usual benefit claims.”

The leaflet features various agencies and initiatives, including BARN, bdht, Act on Energy, Age UK, libraries, and Citizen's Advice, as well as the council's own support programs such as Pension Credits, Council Tax support, and Starting Well support for families.

Graeme Anderson, chair of the Bromsgrove Partnership and chief rxecutive of bdht, said: "We know that our residents’ priorities change over the summer, so it is important that we change with them, to provide the additional support needed.

"We understand that seeking help and support can be overwhelming, which is why we hope this leaflet will prove invaluable, providing enjoyment for all.

“There is already a wealth of information available regarding the cost of living, but we want to reassure residents that if it comes directly from us or our expert partners, it is legitimate and will undoubtedly benefit them."