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Cost of Living Forum – Findings

Posted: 25th March 2024

Citizens Advice Mid Suffolk had identified increased need for crisis support in Mid Suffolk.  In 2023 we held two Cost of Living Forums for stakeholders from the voluntary, community, faith and statutory sector organisations.  The continued need for crisis support over the following 12 months indicated that more work was needed, so we called another Cost of Living Forum.  We wanted to draw attention to the role that the Household Support Fund has in providing crisis support across Suffolk so that organisations could understand the impact on them when this funding comes to an end. We wanted to understand what different organisations were seeing and consider a more preventative approach and to start of a conversation about what needs to be put in place for people in Mid Suffolk.

55 people took part in the Cost of Living Forum. They came from organisations like Housing Associations, food banks and community pantries, local churches, Town and Parish Councils, charitable trusts and Mid Suffolk District Council and Suffolk County Council.

The findings of the Cost of Living Forum are summarised in the Cost of Living forum Report March 2024.

Several of the attendees at the forum said that were not sure what support was available to help people.  The Poverty Lead at Babergh Mid Suffolk District Council had provided a summary of What Support is Available.  We have identified that more work is needed here to help front line staff to help people access crisis support.  If you’d like to help us develop a tool for front line staff then get in touch.

If you’d like to find out more about setting up or running a food project you might like to get in contact with the Community Food Partnership Project.

We discussed what sort of preventative steps could be taken to manage the reliance on crisis support.  Citizens Advice Mid Suffolk want to work together to take this forward.  Please feel free to get in contact to discuss working together to support people in Mid Suffolk.