Issued: 6 May 2020

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An emergency lifeline to support residents whose financial situation has been seriously affected by the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has been launched by West Devon Borough Council, in association with Devon County Council.

The Covid19 Welfare Support Fund will provide small emergency payments to help residents who have no money for even the most basic household essentials with necessities such as food, basic household items, essential travel or utility payments.

Residents may be eligible for the short term support due to a fall in their disposal income, if:                                                                                           

  • They run their own business, and cannot currently trade.
  • Their business has been drastically reduced because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
  • Their employment situation has changed and their income no longer covers their needs
  • They have lost their job due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
  • They have still not received expected Government funding (self-employed).

West Devon Borough Council Leader, Councillor Neil Jory said: "This is such a difficult time for everyone but particularly for those who have lost their livelihood and have no available cash to provide food and basics for their home and families.

"We want to help, so we're working in partnership with Devon County Council to provide fast access to support to help people get their feet back on the ground over this period.  If a resident applies in the morning, we're going to pull out all the stops to get them their support by the afternoon wherever we possibly can.  We've drafted a team of staff to process the applications as soon as they come in.  It's that important that we get support to where it's needed fast.

"If a resident thinks they're eligible, apply today for funding on our website, and if they don't have access to our website, they can call us on 01803 861407 instead."

Devon County Council Leader, Councillor John Hart said: "The impact of the Coronavirus outbreak is putting a huge financial strain on some people, with work and income changing overnight as a result of the lockdown.

"If you're worried about money and how to pay in the short-term for basic essentials, there is immediate help available through this fund.

"By working together with our district council colleagues we can make sure this vital financial support reaches the vulnerable people in our communities who need it most at this difficult and uncertain time."

If you are a resident and have been affected financially by Coronavirus (COVID-19), and can demonstrate a need for immediate short-term financial help, you can apply for a grant by completing a simple online application form on the links below.

www.westdevon.gov.uk/welfarefund

If you need help and don't have access to a computer, please call the Council from Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on: 01803 861407 

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