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Household Support Fund Launch

As part of the nationwide efforts to recover following the pandemic, Devon and District Councils have been provided with some funding from the Government’s Household Support Fund (HSF). 

Funding has been distributed to councils across England, who know their local areas best, to directly help those who need it most, including for example, through small grants to meet daily needs such as food, clothing, and utilities.

More information about the fund and the national picture can be found in the Government Household Support Fund announcement

What is the Household Support Fund?

We know that sudden unexpected costs can create real challenges for our residents who are experiencing financial hardship. The Household Support Fund is available to provide rapid short-term financial support to meet immediate needs and help those who are struggling to afford food, energy and water bills, and other related essentials this winter.

The scheme runs until 31 March 2022 and is designed to help ease financial pressure on residents with low incomes and to support those most in need this winter whilst the economy recovers.

Due to the limited funds available, the funding will prioritise items necessary for day to day living such as food and essential household items.

We recognise that we cannot predict every challenge that residents may face, so applications will be accepted for other essential types of support which cannot be budgeted for and which deliver on the aims of this scheme. These items will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

To find out more about eligibility and to apply go to https://torridge.gov.uk/article/20618/Household-Support-Fund-Grants

What other support is available?

Further information on what financial support is available for individuals and families in Devon can be found at https://www.devon.gov.uk/coronavirus-advice-in-devon/document/support-for-people-and-families/