The latest advice and information for residents during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Please see below for the latest advice and information for residents during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Updates are being issued regularly, so please do check back.

This page was last updated on 11 September 2020


Council Tax

If your income has reduced as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and you are concerned about your Council Tax, we may be able to help.

Anyone on a low income can apply to our Council Tax Reduction scheme.

Council Tax Reduction - Apply Now

If you are already receiving council tax reduction, you can apply to our Emergency Hardship fund.

Emergency Hardship Fund - Apply Now


If you are not working

If you are not working because of coronavirus (COVID-19), you might be able to claim benefits (Universal Credit) if you've lost your job or you're self employed and can't get work.

Universal Credit is claimed online with the DWPYou may also be eligible for Council Tax Reduction from the council

Universal Credit - Apply Now

Council Tax Reduction - Apply Now


The Council also has an Exceptional Hardship FundIf you are already receiving Council Tax Reduction, you can make a claim for EHF.

If you need emergency funds to help with essentials while you are waiting for a benefit claim to be processed, you can apply to our Welfare Support Fund.

If you already receive help towards your housing costs and require further assistance you can make an application to our Discretionary Housing Payment Fund.


Emergency Financial Assistance

South Hams District Council, in association with Devon County Council, have launched a Local Support Fund to support those whose financial situation has been affected by the current pandemic and are now out of cash for basic essentials for their household.

The COVID-19 Welfare Support Fund can provide small emergency payments to help with basic essentials including: household essentials such as sanitary products or nappies or electricity key and gas card top ups, etc. to help people in financial difficulties.

Welfare Support Fund - Apply Now


Housing Benefit

A very few number of residents will need to claim Housing Benefit from the Council instead of Universal Credit.

If you fall into one of the following categories, you should claim Housing Benefit.

  • You are of pension age.
  • You or your partner receive severe disablement allowance.
  • You live in temporary or supported accommodation.

If you already receive Housing Benefit and need further help, please see Extra Financial Help to make an application for Discretionary Housing Payments.


If you are having difficulty paying your bills

The Citizens Advice website has lots of information and advice.

There are things you can do if you are struggling to pay bills like your rent, mortgage or energy bills because of coronavirus (COVID-19). Speak to the organisation that you owe money to. They might be able to help you by letting you pay smaller amounts or take a payment holiday. It is also worth checking with your bank or building society - they might be able to help you with your debts or let you delay loan or credit card repayments or have a payment holiday.

Citizens' Advice Website


Service Updates

For updates about changes to Council services, please see the Service Updates page.

Changes to Council Services