The Household Support Fund is open to help those households struggling most with the increase in the cost of living. The application scheme runs from the end of October 2023 until March 2024. Find out how the Household Support Fund will be allocated and check for updates.
Help with food and energy costs
Chat Christmas Hours
10:30am - 12:30pm on Wednesday 27, Thursday 28, and Friday 29 December. For urgent help with housing, please call us on 01884 255 255.
Household Support Fund May 2023 – March 2024
The Government has allocated more funding to local councils to help those households struggling most with the increase in the cost of living. When our allocated fund has been spent the scheme will close.
Mid Devon District Council will be using its Household Support Fund allocation in the following ways:
We will contact those working age households receiving Housing Benefit who will not receive the Cost-of-Living Payments from the DWP this year. They will be allocated vouchers for food and energy costs. There will be two awards over the year and letters will be sent to those eligible in June 2023 and again in November 2023.
Those who are in receipt of one of the following should receive Cost of Living Payments directly from the DWP:
- Universal Credit
- Income based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
- Income related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- Income Support
- Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit
- Working Tax Credit
Please visit www.gov.uk/guidance/cost-of-living-payment for more details.
There will be two application schemes:
The first scheme will run from May until September 2023
The second from October 2023 until March 2024
Vouchers will be awarded for food and energy costs only. The amount awarded will depend on the applicant’s circumstances and level of assistance needed.
Please read the guidance on the application form carefully to avoid delays in processing your application.
To apply for the household support fund, click here.
Only one application per household will be considered for each of the schemes. Priority will be given to those households in the most need.
If you need food urgently please contact your local food bank
CHAT (Tiverton area): Opening Hours 9.30-12.00pm weekdays, or call 01884 255 606, 9.30-4.30pm weekdays (leave a message if not answered) or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
CREDITON Food Bank: Opening Hours 9.30-12.30pm Tuesdays and Fridays or call 07740 202721 weekdays, 9-4pm or email: email@example.com
CULLOMPTON Food Bank: Opening Hours 9.30-11.30 am Fridays or call 01884 33249 weekdays, 9-3pm or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
LAPFORD Food Bank: Opening Hours 10-2pm Tuesdays and Fridays or call 01363 83788 and leave a message or email: email@example.com
Local Community Larders are stocked with free food for people in the community. Food which would otherwise have been thrown away is collected from supermarkets in the area:
TIVERTON Community Larder at the Tiverton Library: Opening hours 9-6pm Monday to Friday (Closed on Wednesdays) and 9-4pm Saturday.
BRADNINCH Community Food Shed: Call 01392 881 190 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
UFFCULME Community Fridge: Opening Hours 9.30-11 am every weekday (closed on weekends). Call 07412 610 502 or email email@example.com.
Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme
Have you heard of the Devon Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme?
The aim of the Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme is to support children to eat more healthily, be more active over the school holidays and have a greater knowledge of health and nutrition as well as be more engaged with school and other local services.
Devon County Council are working with sixty nine providers across Devon to offer fully funded places on HAF approved Holidays Schemes.
*Please note to access the programme children must be eligible for benefit related free school meals.*
To find out what is happening in your area please check out:
Pre-Payment Meter Fuel Voucher Scheme (CAB)
If you have prepayment meters and can't afford to top them up, we can help. We may be able to give you fuel vouchers, and our
specialist energy team can help you find ways to save money on your household bills.
Call 01237 879 233, email firstname.lastname@example.org or scan the QR code to request a call back.
Mid Devon Energy Partnership
See how to get help with:
• Energy and money saving tips and advice
• Free installation of energy saving measures
• Grants for insulation/heating
• Access to a hardship fund
• Further help with housing, debt and money concerns
Warm Home Discount Scheme
Energy Saving Advice
Additional support with energy costs
- Apply for a discount of your electricity/gas bills
- Apply for Water Care tariff from SWWA
- Exeter Community Energy, Free Energy Advice
- Green Homes Grant: Free Energy Efficiency Improvements Available For Eligible Mid Devon Residents