People in financial hardship due to coronavirus could be helped by a £1m support fund launched by Devon County Council.
The council said the aim of the fund, which will be made available to Devon local authorities, is to provide direct support to applicants to meet their immediate
need for basic essentials.
East Devon has
been allocated £181,487 and it will be administered by staff
working in revenues and benefits.
There will be
eligibility criteria that an applicant must meet and all applicants will have a
telephone interview to discuss needs.
Applications for the fund can be made for people in East Devon made for people in East Devon online.
Council leader 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.
worried about money and how to pay in the short-term for basic essentials,
there is immediate help available through this fund.
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.”