The Household Support Fund is funding made available by the Department for Work and Pensions and is available from 01 April 2023 to 31 March 2024. It is designed to provide rapid short-term financial support to address economic vulnerability and financial hardship.

The fund can be used for many different things such as help with food and utility costs as well as wider essentials.

Household support fund policy.

We have allocated a one off award of £150 to all residents receiving Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax reduction, who have not received a cost of living payment from the government as they are not receiving one of the following benefits:

  • Income-based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Pension Credit
  • Universal Credit
  • Working and/or Child Tax Credit

Letters will be sent to all eligible residents with details of how to apply for the payment.

If you have received your letter, please complete your application by pressing the Start button at the bottom of this page.

If you need help to complete the application email 

If you haven't received a letter by 31 August, you can still apply for help by completing our Request Financial Support form, available here: Request Financial Support - East Devon.

If you are applying for help and have not received a letter you must be

  • Over the age of 16
  • Live in East Devon (as your main residence)
  • Be without sufficient resources to meet your immediate short-term needs

Applicants will be need to have a telephone interview with an officer to discuss their application in further detail.

Residents will normally receive help via vouchers, payments made direct to suppliers or through invoices for works being sent directly to East Devon District Council. We will only make a cash payment in exceptional circumstances and once all other payment options have been explored. Any cash payment agreed will be made directly into the applicant’s bank account.

Repeat applications will be considered on a case by case basis.

EDDC’s Financial Resilience Team will be managing the applications, alongside our other available discretionary funding, to help tackle poverty in our district and work towards rebuilding the financial resilience of those who are struggling financially, in line with East Devon’s Poverty Reduction Strategy.

We continue to work on identifying households who will have a payment allocated to them for the period of 1 October 2023 to 31 March 2024. Further updates will be made to this page once this work has been completed. 

Further information on the cost of living and help available can be found at Help with the cost of living in Devon - Devon County Council, cost of living support or Financial Support and Advice - East Devon

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