Guide East Devon residents Coronavirus update - 13 November 2020

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4. Financial Hardship Fund

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and Devon County Council made funding available to help those who are affected by Coronavirus and who may not be able to access funding or support from elsewhere.

The aim of the funding is to address the economic vulnerability and financial hardship being felt and to help rebuild the financial resilience of those affected. We will also consider using the fund to help anyone who is facing financial hardship and unable to afford food even if they have not been directly impacted by Coronavirus, such as those who are struggling to provide meals to their children during school holidays or half term.

East Devon has been allocated £192,100 of this funding that will be administered by staff working in Revenues and Benefits, in a way that will compliment and work alongside other sources of funding and support already available.

The fund can be used for many different things such as access to emergency short term support through shopping vouchers, utility top ups, paying for essential travel needs or essential advice and support services.

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