Families on low incomes can get help with food and utility costs this winter via the UK government’s new Household Support Fund, which we are administering locally.
The scheme, which runs until Thursday 31 March 2022, can also be used for things like emergency boiler and heating repairs and housing costs.
To access support, you must be a Devon resident over the age of 16 years old and be without sufficient resources to meet your immediate short-term needs.
Applications are made through Devon’s district/ unitary councils, so if you’re struggling with the cost of household essentials this winter, please contact your local district/ unitary council for details about what support is available in your area and how to apply:
- East Devon Household Support Fund
- Exeter Household Support Fund
- Mid Devon Household Support Fund
- North Devon Household Support Fund
- South Hams Household Support Fund
- Teignbridge Household Support Fund
- Torridge Household Support Fund
- West Devon Household Support Fund
- Plymouth Household Support Fund
- Torbay Household Support Fund
We have also partnered with Citizens Advice Devon to help eligible households using pre-paid meters who are struggling to meet their fuel bills. For more information please visit the Citizens Advice Devon website.
The government has said at least half of the total funding must be spent on households with children. So we are also sending families of children currently receiving free school meals a one-off £30 supermarket voucher at Christmas in addition to the holiday vouchers worth £15 per child per week of the school holiday they will automatically receive, to help with the additional financial pressure the festive period can bring.
We’re also running our Holiday Activity and Food (HAF) Programme over the Christmas break. It’s aimed at children currently receiving benefits-related free school meals and their families to help them eat healthily, be active over the school holidays and learn more about health and nutrition as well as be more engaged with school and other local services.
Other support schemes are being developed and will be added to this page once they are available.