Debt Advice Services in Shropshire Survey 2021
This survey forms part of local research into the provision of debt services and support in Shropshire. It has been commissioned by The Hardship and Poverty Sub Group, which has been working to report its progress and findings to the Social Task Force.
It has also made important connections with other local partnership groups and links, in the same way as the other sub groups, to the VCSA Board and Change and Compact Group.
VCS Assembly Representatives feed back to the VCS Assembly Board at each meeting.
The group is informal in nature but has been working to make clear recommendations and proposals to inform strategic level decision making.
Membership of the group include the following:
- Representatives of the VCSA Board
- Representatives of the Food Poverty Alliance
- Marches Energy Agency
- Other VCS Assembly Members (invited as appropriate to support the group’s work)
- Representative from DWP
- Representatives from Shropshire Council
- A member of Shropshire Council’s Feedback and Insight Team (to provide administration support).
Jackie Jeffrey (Shropshire CAS) who chairs the Hardship and Poverty Sub Group said:
“The Money and Pensions Service predicts the need for debt help/advice will increase 60% by the end of 2021, so we need to act now to ensure that people in Shropshire who face money worries and financial insecurity get the support they need.
Filling in this questionnaire is the first step to making sure we understand what provision is available to people across the County, what the need is and where the gaps are. Let us know your thoughts too.
Shropshire is a great place for partnership and collaborative working, so we also want to set up a Money Advice Forum to share ideas and provide peer support. So, don’t forget to fill in your contact details so we can send you an invite! Thank you in advance for your time in filling in the questionnaire.”
Mark Barrow (Executive Director of Place, Shropshire Council) said:
“Collaborative working has been at the forefront of the response to the Coronavirus pandemic in Shropshire and this survey will provide valuable information to aid the work of VCS organisations and the Social Task Force in understanding how to support people around debt help and advice.”
The information provided will be used for statistical purposes and to inform decision making. Only anonymised responses, parts of responses, or a summarized version of responses will be publicised and will ensure individual survey respondents cannot be identified
Many thanks to Herefordshire Council and its partners for sharing their debt advice research with Shropshire.
If you have any questions relating to the survey, please email TellUs@shropshire.gov.uk and quote the name of the survey within your email.
The survey is available on the Shropshire Council website.
The survey has been extended until midnight on 26th April 2021