What is the Household Support Fund?

South Hams residents experiencing financial hardship can now get help with paying essential bills through the Government’s new Household Support Fund.

For more information and to apply to the Household Support Fund click here.

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The new Household Support Fund is designed to provide rapid short-term financial support for people who don’t have enough money to buy essentials like food or pay for heating. Anyone over 16 years old in the South Hams could be eligible, but you will need to confirm that your need is genuine.

These grants aim to help people to meet daily needs such as food, clothing and utility bills. Payments will be made directly into your bank account. Residents without a bank account should contact us.


Support for local people

Cllr Hawkins

Cllr Jonathan Hawkins, South Hams District Council Executive Member for Health and Wellbeing said: “We know that winter can be financially tough for many local people – and it looks like this year could be harder than ever. Through the national Household Support Fund, we’re here to make it as easy as possible for people in immediate short-term need to get the cash boost they need to pay for essentials.

“All you need to do is go online or call 01803 861234. But the support we can offer does not stop there. We can also help to signpost residents to help with paying housing costs, reducing energy bills and provide assistance so people can carry on living in their home independently.

“We have a member of staff on hand to help individuals and community groups to access all that is available or you can also ask your local councillor for advice.

Other help available

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As well as being the place to apply for Household Support Fund money, there are other ways the Council can help local people in crisis situations.

This includes help with making adaptations to your home to help you to live independently, support for people threatened with homelessness or struggling to pay their rent, and help to reduce energy costs.

The Council also works closely with a number of other agencies that provide more specific support and can help signpost residents to access all the help available. For more support and useful contacts for help, please click here.

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