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1st January 2021

The Council now has a range of funding available to help the most vulnerable of Shropshire’s households to manage over the winter months

Please remember that if someone has been told by NHS Test and Trace Service that they must self-isolate and stay at home then they may be eligible for a £500 Test and Trace Support Payment to help financially during their isolation period. For more information about this, the qualifying conditions that have to be met and to claim online please follow this link:     

Otherwise, for the most vulnerable households that have been affected by the pandemic and are struggling to pay for food or other essential bills we have discretionary funds through which we might be able to help.

The Council has been granted an Emergency Fund through DEFRA and funding through a Winter Grant Scheme through the Department for Work & Pensions to help those residents in Shropshire that are most in need.  Between them, these funds will be able to help the most vulnerable with the cost of food, energy and water bills and other essential outgoings.

A proportion of the Winter Grant Scheme funding will be used to support the families of children who would normally get a free school meal, or who have a 24U/Early Year Pupil Premium entitlement, with support for food through the Christmas break, Spring half-term 2021 and the  Easter 2021 holidays. This will be arranged via schools and nurseries, with funding being transferred into their budgets to underwrite the costs.  The vast majority of school and early years settings will be distributing vouchers to be used at local supermarkets, though some schools may be making alternative local arrangements for their families.   Schools and settings will be contacting and liaising with their families who qualify for support and any enquiries should be addressed directly to them.  Vouchers will be distributed before the end of term. 

The remaining money will work alongside the Emergency fund to help provide for a wide range of help for those most in need. 

There is one application process which can be done over the phone (a paper form is available on request). Our advisers will go through the person’s circumstances and will complete an initial application, at the same time they will be able to point people in the direction of other help and advice available. After that, a specialist adviser will deal with the application, including any supporting information we may need to help us decide. 

These awards are aimed at people in hardship and who are struggling to manage during the Covid pandemic. A person does not need to be getting benefits in order to qualify, each application will be looked at on its merits and will take all circumstances into account, including any other money that the person might have available to help.

So if you, or someone you know, is having difficulty meeting essential outgoings, call us on 0345 678 9078. 

Please note that this is limited funding, and once it's spent we will no longer be able to provide assistance from this grant funding, so please don’t delay.

If you have any queries regarding this grant, please contact us on 0345 678 9078.

Lucy Simpson

Welfare Reform and Support and Face to Face Manager, Shropshire Council, Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY2 6ND

Tel:        01743 256140; Mob:     07990 087669; Email:; Web:

2nd December 2020

Diddlebury Parish Council has purchased 288 Smartwater Kits. The kits are free to Diddlebury parishioners and are currently being posted out to each household in the parish.

Each bottle of Smartwater contains a unique forensic code which will be held on an accredited data base.  That code will be registered to the occupiers of each household.  If, having marked their valuables with the Smartwater fluid, the goods are subsequently stolen but recovered by the Police, Smartwater will use the unique code to link goods back to their rightful owner. An additional advantage of the Smartwater system is the Police will be placing prominent notices around the parish advising would-be burglars that Diddlebury is a Smartwater area.  Statistics compiled have shown that burglars are deterred by the knowledge that goods stolen by them will be traceable. As some adjoining parishes have also adopted the Smartwater system, it is hoped in time the Corvedale may become a theft free area.

In some instances we do not have details of the occupiers of properties.  If you do not receive a kit by January 2021 please contact the Clerk:  Mrs J de Rusett, 1 Pipe Aston Barns, Pipe Aston, Ludlow, SY8 2HG Tel: 01568 770741, so we can arrange to get a kit to you.

30th November 2020

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) will carry out the 2021 Census on 21st March 2021. The Census will provide a picture of England and Wales, revealing the size and characteristics of the population and providing valuable information that will be used to inform policy development, funding allocations and future service planning. The 2021 census will be predominantly an online Census with paper forms made available to people that are unable to take part online.

Each household in Shropshire will receive a postcard during the 22nd-27th February 2021 raising awareness of the 2021 Census, followed by an initial contact pack (during the 3rd-12th March 2021) requesting each household to complete the Census questionnaire online or by requesting a paper questionnaire. A reminder phase begins after the 22nd March 2021 for non-respondents involving reminder letters and finally visits from field staff. Completing the Census is a legal requirement and as a last resort ONS have the option of taking court action against non-respondents.

Help will be available to Shropshire households via support centres located in the libraries in Shropshire’s largest six market towns (Shrewsbury, Oswestry, Bridgnorth, Market Drayton, Ludlow and Whitchurch), via online guidance, a national helpline and via trained field staff. The questionnaire can be completed using a mobile phone and during rehearsals ONS have found younger family members have frequently helped complete the questionnaire.

ONS 2021 Census plans will be responsive to the latest guidelines from central government on social distancing during the Covid-19 pandemic and so may be subject to change.

In order to ensure that the 2021 Census is as successful as possible, the ONS has recruited Roger Belham, a long-term resident of north Shropshire, as the Census Engagement Manager (CEM) for Shropshire. Roger is tasked with ensuring that people in Shropshire are aware of the 2021 Census and that they are encouraged and supported to take part on the 21st March 2021. This will include people living in households and people resident in communal establishments such as hospitals, care homes and student halls of residence.

ONS have identified ten key population groups in Shropshire to help Roger Belham prioritise his work which are set out below. This list is not limited, and Roger will be guided by the knowledge he is gathering locally. Recognising access to broadband and the internet may be an issue in parts of rural Shropshire he is keen to ensure enough paper questionnaires are readily available.

  • People from minority ethnic groups including Eastern Europeans, where language may present a barrier
  • People whose physical / mental / learning impairment may prevent them from responding
  • Adults aged 80 years and over
  • Veterans
  • People living in low income households
  • LGBT+ community
  • People lacking digital skills aged 65 years and over
  • Transient communities such as;
  • Bargees and continuous cruisers
  • Homeless and rough sleepers
  • Gypsy and traveller communities

Reaching out to these key population groups and encouraging their maximum participation in the 2021 Census is key to the success of the 2021 Census in Shropshire. To achieve this Roger Belham enthusiastic to work with town and parish council’s, voluntary / charitable organisations, community groups, businesses and other organisations throughout Shropshire to help build trust amongst Shropshire communities.

ONS recognise that the endorsement and influence of community leaders can help local people understand the value of the 2021 Census and raise awareness of where they can find help if needed. It is important local people understand that their questionnaire responses will not be shared with anyone other organisations and will be stored securely for 100 years for the benefit of future generations.

Shropshire Council is supporting ONS in delivering the 2021 Census in Shropshire in a number of ways including providing local intelligence and staff expertise, supporting Roger Belham in his community engagement work and raising awareness of recruitment opportunities.

Roger Belham is happy to present further information and respond to any questions that town and parish councillors may have. In particular he would welcome suggestions and contacts that he could pursue to further spread awareness of the 2021 Census. Roger Belham is also able to provide posters and other materials to town and parish councils upon request. Further information is available on the ONS website and for recruitment

Roger Belham’s contact details are: or 07452 928132

5th September 2020

Advance Notice

Meeting of Diddlebury Parish Council

7.30pm 23rd September 2020

This will be a virtual meeting that complies with Government Covid-19 guidance Members of the Public are welcome

Attend the meeting via the Internet or telephone

How to attend the meeting via the Internet*

Click this link shortly before the meeting is due to start to attend our Parish Council Zoom Meeting sUT09

Enter the Passcode: 265216

How to attend using your telephone

Dial in and enter:

Meeting ID: 886 1920 8171

Passcode: 265216

0131 460 1196

0203 051 2874

0203 481 5237

0203 481 5240

*Helpdesk: If you think you may have difficulty in attending via Zoom please contact for assistance

25th August 2020

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