Scheduled maintenance

Some of our online forms and systems for Council Tax, Benefits and Business Rates will be unavailable from 6:00pm on Friday 31 March 2023 until Saturday 1 April 2023 for planned maintenance. We apologise for any inconvenience. You can find help with accessing grants, useful advice and money that you may be entitled to by visiting our cost of living support page

What to do if you are having difficulty affording food

The cost of living crisis has made it much more difficult for many people in Birmingham to afford food. If this is something you are experiencing, there are a lot of different ways you can get food cheaply or for free. A Google map has been created to help you find nearby options.

We know that accessing a foodbank or another project for the first time can be daunting. However, people volunteering do their utmost to make visitors feel welcome. Here are some testimonials from people who have used food projects in Birmingham:

Foodbank user in Birmingham:

“The people at the foodbank were wonderful, they understood and saved us.”

Surplus Food project (“pay-as-you-feel”) user in Birmingham:

“It was just a small personal touch that made you feel welcome and on the occasions where I was on a tiny budget, it also felt like somebody did care that times were tough.”

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