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SWT launches new fund for low-income households

01 September 2022 : Council news, Community, Partnership working

Somerset West and Taunton (SWT) Council has today (Thursday, 1 September), launched a short-term Hardship Fund for low-income families struggling to afford household essentials.

This means-tested benefit fund will be administered by Citizens’ Advice Taunton and West Somerset Advice to provide financial assistance of up to £200 to eligible households across the district.

This fund is not available for emergency food, fuel or energy payments, as this support is available via foodbanks and Central Government support.

To be eligible for this one-off grant, applicants must:

  • Be a permanent resident in Somerset West and Taunton
  • Be over the age of 16 and living independently of parents or carers
  • Be on a low income-threshold, to be determined on assessment
  • Be unable to pay for essentials due to lack of sufficient funds
  • Have exhausted recourse to:
    • Local assistance schemes
    • Surviving winter fund
    • Foodbanks
    • Any other assistance scheme to which they may be eligible

SWT will monitor the fund’s outgoings to ensure financial support is distributed proportionately across West Somerset and Taunton.

When applying for this grant, applicants should note that the following evidence will also be required:

  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of age
  • Proof of residency in Somerset West and Taunton 
  • Proof of income in the form of a bank statement (no older than the previous month)
  • Proof of need – what the grant is needed for

Payments are expected to be made a minimum of two weeks from the date on which proof of address and income is received.

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