Karin Smyth MP urges Bristol South residents to access cold weather support

Karin Smyth, MP for Bristol South, is raising awareness of the various support that is on offer for residents who are struggling with the cost-of-living crisis this winter.

The cold snap that is currently gripping the UK has taken its toll on many families within Bristol as they struggle to balance their bills with their pay-packets. Bristol City Council has produced a number of resources to support residents, including the free-to-call We Are Bristol helpline to get information and advice about the cost-of-living crisis, including where to get help about:

• financial benefits
• food
• mental health and wellbeing
• finding your nearest Welcoming Space

Call for free on 0800 694 0184 between 8:30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Karin Smyth MP is also flagging that people who are finding it difficult living, and live in Bristol South, should contact her office as help and advice is readily available. This includes following up with the Department of Work and Pensions on welfare support not claimed or not paid and chasing other government departments where service has fallen short.

Those wishing to contact Karin Smyth’s team should call: 0117 953 3575 or email karin.smyth.mp@parliament.uk.

Karin Smyth, MP for Bristol South, said:

“This winter is tough. With energy bills skyrocketing and the cost of the weekly shop going up every visit it’s vital that everyone gets access to the support they are entitled to. That’s why I’m flagging the support on offer from both myself and Bristol City Council.

“Many people don’t access what they are entitled to. Every year I hold an event to match people to support, but I wanted to remind people that I am here if you are struggling and need advice. For example, many retirees in Bristol don’t apply for Pension Credit when they are entitled to it. If you think you should be getting this welfare payment, and live in Bristol South, please get in touch.

“The cost-of-living crisis didn’t need to be this way. But the Tory Government was too slow to act, or too focused on fighting amongst themselves. I will continue to work tirelessly locally to support you and drive forward change in Parliament until we get the Labour Government we need.”

For more information on the We Are Bristol helpline visit: https://www.bristol.gov.uk/residents/people-and-communities/cost-of-living-support