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Household Support Fund

Important Information

The current Household Support Fund has now been spent.

A new fund will be available from April 2023. Please check back later for more information.

If you have already completed a claim, please bear with us and we will be in touch as soon as possible.

We know that many of our residents are experiencing financial hardship as a result of the cost of living crisis. 

The Household Support Fund is available to provide rapid short-term financial support to meet immediate needs and help those who are struggling to afford food, energy and water bills, and other related essentials this year.

The current fund has now been spent. There will be a new fund available from April 2023. Please check back later for more information.

You can find contact details for other organisations who can help with the cost of living crisis at our Support Directory.

Residents Receiving Disabled Band Relief

Residents who receive Disabled Persons' Relief on their Council Tax bill will receive a one-off payment of £300 from the Household Support Fund. The payment will be made directly into the bank details which we have on file for you.

We have written to residents for whom we don't have any bank details on file, and asked them to provide these details securely through the Councils' website.

Letters have been sent out in the week of 12 December 2022 but due to strike action and Christmas postage, they may not be received until after Christmas. We hope to make these payments early in the New Year.

Free Cookers, Cookbooks and Electric Blankets

The Council has secured funding to provide free slow cookers, electric blankets and throws, and cookbooks to residents in need. We are working in partnership with South Dartmoor Community Energy (SDCE) and Tamar Energy Community (TEC), who will target foodbanks and warm hubs to distribute these.

Electric throws are very economical - costing from as little as 5p per hour to run, especially when you compare them with the cost of keeping your central heating on for hours or heating rooms you're not actually using.

Slow cookers cost an average of 8p per hour, instead of 68p per hour for a traditional oven or cooker.

For more information, please contact 

South Dartmoor Community Energy (in the South Hams)

Tamar Energy Community (in West Devon)

Privacy and Personal Data

To find out how the Council will use your personal data to provide this service, please see our Privacy and Personal data notices.

You can read the full Household Support Fund Policy here.

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