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£1m available to help struggling Devon residents

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Posted on: 12 May 2020

Help is available for Devon residents struggling with their finances as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Devon County Council has allocated one million pounds in grant funding to support people who need short-term emergency assistance to afford basic living essentials.

It’s been split across Devon’s eight district councils, with each one responsible for considering applications and administering grants in their locality.

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.

“Many businesses are not able to operate or have had to drastically reduce trading because of the pandemic. This means employment situations have changed and for some people their income now no longer covers what they need, or they have lost their job completely.

“If you’re worried about money and how to pay for basics household essentials, there’s help available through this fund.

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

As well as practical help, residents can also access essential advice and information to help them manage their money and maintain their financial independence long-term.

Citizen’s Advice also have lots of advice if you are struggling financially, either on their website, or through their advisers.

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