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If you're struggling to afford food or other essentials this winter you may be able to get help from the Household Support Fund.

EDDC has been given £142,286 to use on helping residents suffering hardship this winter, thanks to a Government scheme which will be available until 31 March 2022. 

The money can be used for many different things such as help with food and utility costs as well as wider support needs.

How to apply

To apply for the fund 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

Fill out an application online here: Request Financial Support - East Devon. If you need help to complete the application email hardship@eastdevon.gov.uk

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

Residents will normally be paid via vouchers or invoices 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.

Full details of the fund will be administered can be found in the policy here.

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.

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