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Cost of Living Support

The rise in the cost of living means that we're all having to dig a little deeper to pay for household essentials such as food and energy. Many people in Devon are being forced to make difficult decisions, especially those on the lowest incomes.

Published: 20 October 2023

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Support available is summarised below:

Citizens Advice – Fuel Vouchers: If you have a prepay meter and are struggling to afford to top it up, Citizens Advice can help. The scheme provides vouchers to add credit to your meter and is being managed by Citizens Advice Devon. Contact any local office for this support. Follow the link to contact Citizens Advice:

https://southhamscab.org.uk/get-advice/

South Hams District Council – Household Support Fund:  The new fund will run from April 2023 to March 2024 and is aimed at supporting households in the most need with food, energy, water, other household bills and wider essentials.  Follow the link to apply:

https://new.southhams.gov.uk/benefits-and-support/available-support-and-benefits/household-support-fund

Devon County Council – Free School Meals: If you’re struggling to pay food bills, DCC encourage you to check your eligibility and apply for free school meals for your child. You will also get food vouchers during school holidays if you are eligible for free school meals.

You can apply for free school meals via this link:

https://www.devon.gov.uk/educationandfamilies/school-information/school-meals/ or call DCC’s education helpline on 0345 155 1019.

Devon County Council – Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme: Children aged five to 16-years-old who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals are invited to take up an action-packed school holidays. For more information visit:

https://www.devon.gov.uk/educationandfamilies/family-support/haf-programme/

DCC have put together a newsletter outlining other support available, inluding mental health support if you are worried about money, childcare cost, winter warm spaces and cheaper broadband and phone packages. Follow the link to find out more:

https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/UKDEVONCC/bulletins/35c7953

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