More hardship cash for struggling Devon residents

More hardship cash for struggling Devon residents

A new hardship fund is being set up for local people struggling with their finances as a result of the pandemic.

Devon County Council is allocating £600,000 in its budget for 2021/22 to support people who need short-term emergency assistance.

This is on top of the £1 million that was made available in the current financial year.

The new cash will be split across...

Calor offers £85,000 worth of grants to rural communities

Now in its fourth year, leading off-grid energy supplier, Calor, is once again calling on worthy rural community projects of all shapes and sizes to enter its Rural Community Fund for 2020 and be in with the chance of securing grants from its £85,000 fund pot.

Calor is celebrating its 85th anniversary this year and is marking the milestone by making this year’s investment bigger than...

£16,000 cash boost to local children’s charity from the Morrisons Foundation

The Morrisons Foundation has donated £16,000 to Care for Kids North Devon, a charity that helps families who have a child diagnosed with a life-threatening illness.

The support from the Morrisons Foundation will fund the refurbishment of cubicle 4 at the Caroline Thorpe Children's Ward. The much-needed grant will transform this individual bedroom, making it a more comfortable place...

Motorcyclist dies after Plympton crash

A motorcyclist has died following a collision in Plympton yesterday [4 May].

Emergency services were called at 11.05am following the collision between a white Vauxhall Combo van and a black KTM 690 motorcycle at the bottom of Cot Hill on Plymouth Road.

The motorcyclist, aged 60 and from Plympton, sustained serious injuries and was airlifted to Derriford Hospital by air...

SW firms missing out on “cash mountain” that could help them grow further

South West firms could be missing out on a ‘cash mountain’ that could help them to expand, says Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking after new figures found they were tying up millions of pounds in excess working capital.

The research shows that businesses across the south and the east of England have at least £138.3billion tied up in excess capital, as business growth continues to soar....

Third of working families in SW one pay cheque away from losing their home

Over a third of working families in the South West could not afford to pay their rent or mortgage for more than a month if they lost their job, new figures from Shelter reveal today.

With little or no personal savings to fall back on, the Shelter and YouGov study found that this means a staggering 318,000 working families in the region could be just one paycheque away from losing their...

Plymouth awarded £60,000 to tackle rogue landlords

Plymouth City Council has been awarded £60,000 of Government funding to deal with rogue landlords.

The news comes after the council submitted a bid to the Department for Communities and Local Government's Rogue Landlords Fund. The additional funding will support existing work and enable more to be done with trading standards, voluntary providers supporting tenants, and working with...

£5m for councils to stop rogue landlords

Councils across the country are to receive a £5m cash boost to tackle rogue landlords in their area, Housing Minister Brandon Lewis announced today.

Forty eight councils will share the funding so they can take on the irresponsible landlords that force tenants to live in squalid and dangerous properties, making their lives a misery.

The cash will also allow councils to root out...

Crimebeat grants available for Devon groups

Applications are now open for groups in Devon to apply for grants of up to £3000.

Grassroots Grants up to £500, Connection Grants up to £1000 and Action Grants up to £3000 are available for projects that can prove they will have a positive impact on vulnerable young people and will help cut crime, especially anti social behaviour, substance abuse or school absenteeism.


Do you know who's on your bank notes?

Large proportion of those in the South West fail to be ‘on the money’ when it comes to who’s who on bank notes

They are some of the most important and “noteworthy” figures in British history.

But according to a new survey, over three in five people living in the South West (62%) admit they struggle identify the famous faces who appear on our banknotes.