We know that sudden unexpected living costs can create real challenges for people who are experiencing financial hardship.

The government’s Household Support Fund is available to provide rapid short-term support to help those who are struggling to afford food, energy and water bills, and other related essentials this winter.

The scheme, which runs until Thursday 31 March 2022, can also be used for things like emergency boiler and heating repairs, travel costs, warm clothing, cleaning products and laundry costs, phone bills and the repairing or replacing of essential white goods in the home.

To access support, you must be a Devon resident, over the age of 16 years old and be without sufficient resources to meet your immediate short-term needs.

Applications are made through Devon’s district and unitary councils, so if you’re struggling with the cost of household essentials this winter, please contact them for details about what support is available in your area and how to apply.

Citizens Advice Devon are also able to help eligible households using pre-paid meters, who are struggling to meet their fuel bills. For more information please visit the Citizens Advice Devon website.