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Information, advice and support for town and parish councils

20 May 2020

Fiancial help for those facing hardship

Hardship fund

A £167,000 local hardship fund has been launched to support Teignbridge residents who cannot afford to pay for basic essentials due to the pandemic.

The Teignbridge COVID-19 Hardship Fund, in association with Devon County Council, is aimed at helping people who may be ‘falling through the net’ and who may be experiencing financial hardship for possibly the first time.

The Fund will provide up to £200 to those in financial difficulties to help with basic necessities such as food, necessary household items, essential travel costs, utility payments etc.

Who is eligible to claim?

To qualify for support, applicants must be able to show that as a result of Covid-19, they fall into one of these categories:

  • They run their own business, and cannot currently trade / their business has been drastically reduced 
  • Their employment situation has changed and their income now no longer covers needs
  • They have lost their job due to the COVID-19 outbreak
  • They have not received expected government funding (i.e. self-employed)
  • They can demonstrate that they do not have accessible capital in excess of £500
  • They have not received financial assistance from another source for the same reason.

Teignbridge residents affected financially by Covid19 and can demonstrate their need for immediate short-term financial help, can apply for a grant online or by calling the Council’s Coronavirus Hotline on 01626 215 512 for help to complete the application form.

Please help us promote this fund to local people.

Stay alert strip

Committee meetings go online

Zoom meeting

Teignbridge held its first virtual council committee meeting on Tuesday with members of the public being able to follow the proceedings of The Executive via YouTube.

You can catch up on Tuesday's Executive meeting on You Tube.

The next virtual committee meeting is Planning, starting at 10am on 9 June.

Beaches not protected by lifeguards


No lifeguard service is currently operating at Teignmouth and Dawlish Warren beaches. Anyone visiting the beaches this bank holiday are reminded to take extra care if venturing into the sea and to read the safety notices.

Anyone going to the coast should follow RNLI safety advice:

  • Take care near cliffs - know your route and your limitations
  • Have a plan - check the weather forecast and tide times
  • If you fall into the water unexpectedly, FLOAT TO LIVE. Fight your instinct to thrash around, lean back, extend your arms and legs and float
  • If boating, ensure your equipment is functioning and maintained
  • In any coastal emergency dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard

The RNLI originally paused the rollout of the lifeguard service for the 2020 season but as lockdown is eased they are looking at how much cover they might be able to provide later in the summer.

Think twice

Ahead of this bank holiday weekend, please support the South West Local Resilience Forum's 'Think Twice' campaign  and help protect our communities from the risk of increased infection.  Please share the messaging on any social media or other communication channels which you have influence over.

Think Twice

Please send us details of Covid-19 financial pressures

To strengthen the case for emergency funding that we can make as Team Devon to the Treasury, MHCLG and the LGA, please record the Covid 19 financial pressures being incurred in supporting your communities and return the completed form to

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