Get help when you need it

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December 2021

Don't deal with things alone - find help when you need it

Stress Household

We've launched a new online support directory signposting people to help this winter. 

The directory provides essential information and contact details for a wide range of support available across the district from the Council and other groups. This includes:

  • details on how to apply for the Household Support Fund to get help with paying essential bills
  • where to go for help if you have mobility needs, including applying for a blue badge or Personal Independence Payments
  • support to pay for energy costs as well as help to improve the energy efficiency of your home to reduce fuel bills
  • a list of places to go for financial and practical support for young people and families
  • contacts for a wide range of other support available locally, including foodbanks, help for people feeling isolated, mental health support and where to go for money and debt advice
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Household Support Fund

Household Support Fund

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

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.

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Other help available


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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