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Devon County Council Weekly News Updates

For the latest bulletins click on these links:

10 February 2023 – BULLETIN LINK

8 February 2023 – special focus on children’s mental health BULLETIN LINK

3 February 2023 BULLETIN LINK

27 January 2023 BULLETIN LINK

17 January 2023 Stay safe during the cold weather BULLETIN LINK

17 January 2023 Highways information for the community during severe weather BULLETIN LINK

13 January 2023 BULLETIN LINK

6 January 2023 BULLETIN LINK

16 December 2022 BULLETIN LINK

9 December 2022 BULLETIN LINK

8 December 2022 BULLETIN LINK

7 December 2022, including specific advice re Scarlet Fever and Group A Strep BULLETIN LINK


Devon County Council Weekly News Updates

For the latest bulletins please click on these links:

23 September BULLETIN LINK

28 September BULLETIN LINK

30 September BULLETIN LINK


Devon County Council - weekly news update 2.9.22

Devon declared an Avian influenza prevention zone; a fond farewell and the return of a familiar face and are you ready for the start of term? BULLETIN LINK

Devon County Council - weekly news update 26.8.22

Free trees, support to help Devon businesses struggling with high costs and recruitment challenges and vaccination reminder for university students BULLETIN LINK

Devon County Council - weekly news update 12.8.22

Shopping vouchers to win; It’s hot and staying hot this weekend; Reduce risk of wild fires; How transport can help combat loneliness; Cost of living support BULLETIN LINK

Devon County Council - weekly news update 5.8.22

Find out how Devon is going greener, check your COVID-19 pass before you travel and Disney’s 10 minute shake-ups are here to keep kids moving BULLETIN LINK

Devon County Council - weekly news update 29.7.22

Green Flags flying at our country parks; help reduce risk of spreading bird flu and check out the ‘ultimate hot hatch’ cop car! BULLETIN LINK

Devon County Council - weekly news update 22.7.22

New funding available to support innovative projects; we’re testing more petrol pumps for accuracy and have you received your free school meal holiday vouchers? BULLETIN LINK

Devon County Council - weekly news update 15.7.22

Devon calls for brave new vision for children and young people; mobility equipment and bedding bound for Ukrainian hospitals, extreme heat warning, water safety, 20mph schemes, full fibre broadband, sustainability awards and how do we know that COVID-19 cases are rising if we’re not testing as much? BULLETIN LINK

Devon County Council - weekly news update 8.7.22

Devon County Council’s weekly news round-up includes stark warning on spending from Devon finance chief; heat wave warning issued for parts of the UK and project launched to equip young people with entrepreneurial skills BULLETIN LINK

Devon County Council - weekly news update 24.6.22

This issue covers recommendations to improve ambulance waiting times; Kingsbridge Community Works; it’s not too late for COVID-19 vaccinations; financial support and cost of living; EV charge points ready for use. BULLETIN LINK

Devon County Council - Weekly news update - 17.6.22

This issue covers free holiday activities with meals this summer (details and how to book), COVID-19 figures and the Devon County Show, and top tips for staying safe in the summer sunshine and advice to look out for those in our communities who may struggle to keep themselves cool and hydrated. Plus “making a Child Friendly Devon” feature and a campaign to join the Refill Revolution (to encourage people to stop using products with single-use packaging). BULLETIN LINK

Devon County Council weekly news: dated 27.5.22

Pilot transport schemes to tackle loneliness; free supermarket vouchers for May half-term; support for young people into employment; care workers applauded; we welcome our new Chairman and celebrating the Jubilee weekend ahead WEBSITE LINK

Devon County Council weekly news: dated 20.5.22

Autumn COVID-19 booster programme recommended; Reasons for optimism for Devon businesses; New study on offshore wind; Free offer with Devon Work Hubs. Read the bulletin here: BULLETIN LINK

Devon County Council weekly news: dated 13.5.22

Eleven Devon residents awarded in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list; savings being put aside for children in our care; the BIG FIX returns tomorrow – repair cafes are back! BULLETIN LINK


Devon County Council weekly news: special edition dated 10.5.22

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week 9 – 15 May and this year’s theme is loneliness and how it impacts our mental health. Read on for information and practical tips to help you and where to go for support. BULLETIN LINK

Devon County Council weekly roundup dated 6.5.22

Help for households with the rising cost of living; multi-million pound plans for ambitious improvements and do you know a community hero worthy of an award? BULLETIN LINK

Devon County Council weekly roundup dated 29.4.22

Public Health Devon warns of Lyme disease this tick season; Trading Standards rogue builder complaints hit two a day and Naturally Healthy May starts this weekend! BULLETIN LINK

Devon County Council weekly roundup dated 22.4.22

What’s happening with coronavirus in Devon?; We appeal for more foster carers for sibling groups; Two years on since the first lockdown, Headteacher for Devon’s Virtual School looks back; The BIG FIX returns! BULLETIN LINK

Devon County Council weekly roundup dated 14.4.22

In this update:

Devon backs Freeport proposals
Fewer people now concerned about COVID-19
Recognise the symptoms of scarlet fever and chickenpox … and much more!


Devon County Council weekly roundup dated 8.4.22

Welcoming Ukrainian refugees to Devon; free wellbeing support to help with Devon’s COVID-19 recovery and more on who is eligible for Spring boosters  BULLETIN LINK

Devon County Council - bulletin - 5 April 2022

New guidance sets out how to live safely with COVID-19 BULLETIN LINK

Devon County Council - weekly news roundup - 1 April 2022

Devon County Council’s weekly roundup of news dated 1.4.22 covers: Holiday food vouchers continue for Easter; Support for Devon residents helping Ukrainian refugees; Vaccinations open to 5 – 11 year olds; Devon residents star in NHS film; Ramadan starts: BULLETIN LINK

Devon County Council - COVID 19 tests news- 30 March 2022

Find out who can get free COVID-19 tests after Friday 1 April BULLETIN LINK

Devon County Council - Weekly Round-up: COVID 19 and other news- 23 and 25 March 2022

Director of Public Health Devon marks 2nd anniversary since national lockdown with a message of thanks BULLETIN LINK

Free COVID-19 testing for most people ends next week; a message of thanks to all Devon residents and everything you need to know about Spring booster jabs in Devon BULLETIN LINK

Devon County Council - Weekly Round-up: COVID 19 and other news- 18 March 2022

Rising cases of coronavirus in care homes and hospitals; Devon celebrates Social Workers and straw poll results show support for following public health guidance and more: BULLETIN LINK

Devon County Council - Weekly Round-up: COVID 19 and other news- 8 March 2022

Are you embracing the relaxation of COVID-19 rules or continuing to be cautious? Click here for the update: BULLETIN LINK

Devon County Council - Weekly Round-up: COVID 19 and other news- 11 March 2022

Most people in Devon say they will continue to act cautiously even without COVID-19 restrictions; COVID-19 Cases in Devon begin to rise and Trading Standards urges safe giving to support Ukraine. Read the full update here: BULLETIN LINK

Devon County Council - Weekly Round-up: COVID 19 and other news- 4 March 2022

Devon County Council want to know if the last two years have changed your attitude; Devon authorities pledge support to Ukrainians fleeing conflict and it’s time to change the way we do our weekly news update: read the full news update here: BULLETIN LINK

Devon County Council - COVID 19 update - 25 February 2022

What the COVID-19 changes mean for Devon residents; help is on hand to start a new enterprise and simple ways to protect yourself and others. Read the full Bulletin here: BULLETIN LINK

Devon County Council - COVID 19 update - 22 February 2022

‘Look out for each other,’ urges Devon’s Director of Public Health as government announce Living with COVID plan. Read the full Bulletin here BULLETIN LINK

Devon County Council - COVID 19 update - 4 February 2022

Care home visitors asked to make arrangements before they visit; Young people are looking out for each other; Second doses for 12 to 15 year olds and much more! Read the full Bulletin here BULLETIN LINK

Devon County Council - COVID 19 update - 28 January 2022

Restrictions change but caution still advised; vaccine deadline approaches for care workers; how does Devon compare?  Read the full bulletin here: BULLETIN LINK

Devon County Council - COVID 19 update - 21 January 2022

Director of Public Health Devon advises caution in response to the Prime Minister’s statement – read the full Bulletin here: BULLETIN LINK

Devon County Council - COVID 19 update - 20 January 2022

Director of Public Health Devon advises caution in response to Prime Minister’s statement. Read more here BULLETIN LINK

Devon County Council - COVID 19 update - 14 January 2022

All the latest Devon COVID news, information and advice is here:  BULLETIN LINK

Devon County Council - COVID 19 update - 11 January 2022

This update focuses on the different tests you can get to check if you have coronavirus (COVID-19) and what action you need to take. Click the link to find out more:  BULLETIN LINK

Devon County Council Members' Bulletin (COVID-19) - 7 January 2022

Do it for Devon – keep following the guidance to keep everyone safe and well. We need the support of local residents and visitors to keep Devon safe.  Read the full bulletin here   BULLETIN LINK

Devon County Council COVID-19 bulletin - 26.11.21

COVID-19 case rates in Devon are now among the highest in the country – read full details here: BULLETIN LINK

Devon County Council COVID-19 bulletin - 19.11.21

COVID-19 case rates in Devon are above the national average and continuing to rise. Cases are highest in Northern Devon, with Torridge in particular having one of the highest rates in the country. Most cases are in the late teen, school and college-age population. Read more here: BULLETIN LINK

Devon County Council COVID-19 bulletin 12.11.21

Test and Trace still plays an essential part in reducing COVID-19 outbreaks; there’s still time to have your lifesaving COVID-19 vaccine and farmers invited to a free wellbeing and mental health support webinar. Read more here MEMBERS BULLETIN LINK: BULLETIN LINK 


Devon County Council COVID-19 bulletin 22.10.21

COVID-19 rates in Devon are continuing to rise and are now 466 per 100,000 of the population, which is a little higher than the national average (455/100,000).
Cases are still highest among the school age population, particularly 10 to 15 year olds. We are also seeing that reflected in the rise in cases among their parents’/carers’ age group, 35 to 54 year olds.
Cases have risen in most of our district areas, but rates are highest in Mid Devon (633/100,000).
In this update:
Act sensibly now to keep you and your family safe
How 12 to 15 year olds can get the COVID-19 vaccine
Devon offers a warm welcome to visitors this half term
National award for supporting farmers during pandemic
Support schemes offered through Devon’s economic recovery programme
Read the full details here: BULLETIN LINK

Devon County Council COVID-19 bulletin 8.10.21

Following the decline in case rates some weeks ago, we are now seeing a continued, slow and steady increase across the county. Most notably, cases are highest in the school-age and the 40-59 year old population. Rates for Devon overall continue to remain below the national average.
In this update:
New plans to boost bus services and cut fares in Devon
Families to receive free school meal holiday vouchers for October half term
Improving opportunities for Devon communities
Queues form for pop-up COVID-19 test and vaccinations site
Half of adults say the COVID-19 pandemic has negatively impacted their mental health BULLETIN LINK

Devon County Council COVID-19 bulletin 3.9.21

Case rates in Devon have fallen slightly, but with schools, colleges and universities returning soon, it’s expected that they will rise again. 3,249 coronavirus cases were reported in Devon in the latest recorded week, with our case rates overall still above the national average. Most cases are among the late teen to young working age population. Cases are currently highest in Teignbridge and Mid Devon.
In this update:
• Director of Public Health Devon explains the latest on enhanced response area status
• New study tests third vaccine dose for people with weakened immune systems
• Business confidence hits highs
• Pop-up testing and vaccination steps up to meet the challenge
• Back to School special bulletin
• Getting about safely in Devon BULLETIN LINK


Devon County Council is launching a new fund “COVID-19 Outbreak Management Grant (Self-Isolation)” to help community organisations provide practical, social and emotional support to Devon residents self-isolating due to COVID-19.
The grants of up to £5,000 for small projects and £20,000 for larger projects can be used to help those self-isolating with things such as:
• caring responsibilities
• accessing food and other supplies
• practical tasks such as dog walking
• mental health and wellbeing support to address things like loneliness and boredom
Groups can also use the money to improve their community’s awareness and understanding of the government’s self-isolation rules, including when you need to self-isolate, how long for, what it involves and why it is a vitally important part of slowing the spread of COVID-19, as well as what support is available.
Funding must be spent by recipients by 31 March 2022. Click on the link for full details: FUNDING LINK

Devon County Council COVID-19 bulletin 27.8.21

Devon and the neighbouring authorities Torbay, Plymouth, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly have been designated as an ‘enhanced response area’ on 27 August 2021 by the government because COVID-19 case rates are so high.
The number of cases are rising again nationally, and in Devon, they are far higher (622 per 100,000 of the population) than the latest national average (332). Positive cases remain mostly in the late teen and young adult age group, and socialising appears to be the main driver. Case rates in all eight district areas of Devon are among the highest in the country.
In this update:
• Devon designated an ‘enhanced response area’
• Mobile test and vaccination pilot a proven success
• Young COVID-19 patients share stories to urge others to get jabbed
• Devon’s health and care system under extreme pressure
• Smoking and drinking increased during first lockdown BULLETIN LINK

Devon County Council COVID-19 bulletin 20.8.21

Weekly case rates in Devon remain high (363 per 100,000) and above the national average (308 per 100,000), and are continuing to increase. The highest case rates are among 15 to 19 year olds and the younger working age population, with case rates currently highest in Exeter, Teignbridge and North Devon. (Weekly rates are correct as of midday, Friday 20 August 2021). This update covers: Festivals, large events and coronavirus; Mobile testing units to also deliver vaccinations; 16 and 17 year olds invited for COVID-19 vaccine; Devon’s care sector urgently needs your help. BULLETIN LINK

Devon County Council COVID-19 bulletin 23.7.2021

There’s an ongoing increase in COVID-19 cases across Devon, which is to be expected following the lifting of restrictions and greater freedom for people to socialise. The highest case rates remain in the young age groups, mostly within younger working-age adults. The weekly rate in Devon is currently 412 per 100,000 of the population, compared to 540 for England. All local authority districts are below the national average, except North Devon which has a rate of 563.
In this update:
• Look out for each other and keep doing your bit to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Devon
• Grab a jab and help protect the things we love
• COVID-19 testing is more important than ever
• Ambulance service experiences busiest week in its history
• Local primary school pays tribute to NHS with a song BULLETIN LINK

How to order free Coronavirus (COVID-19) rapid lateral flow tests

Use this service to order free packs of rapid lateral flow tests to be sent to your home.
You can only use this service if:
– you do not have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms
– you’re 11 or older
– you have not been told to self-isolate
– you cannot get tests from your work, school, college or university (ask them for rapid lateral flow tests)
Click on the link below to the Gov.UK website

Devon County Council COVID-19 bulletin 16.7.2021

How to stay safe and help prevent the spread of COVID-19 when restrictions end on Monday 19 July; funding available to help communities reconnect, rebuild and recover and all adults urged to have second jabs at eight weeks


Devon County Council COVID-19 bulletin 2.7.2021

In this update:
A third COVID-19 ‘booster’ jab to be offered to most vulnerable and those over 50 years old
Hospitality employees urged to get COVID-19 vaccination
Football’s coming home… but hopefully COVID-19 won’t!
Free COVID-19 testing and vaccinations available at Devon County Show
A message of thanks on behalf of Team Devon for Thank You Day on Sunday 4 July

Click on the link below to read more:

Devon County Council COVID-19 bulletin 2.7.2021

Devon County Council - COVID-19 bulletin - 18.06.2021

In this update:

  • COVID-19 case rates rise in Devon
  • Next call for first and second jabs
  • Devon’s mobile community testing sites report steady demand
  • Sign up to be part of world-first COVID-19 vaccine booster study in Devon
  • Support available for people experiencing ‘Long COVID’

Click on the link below to read more:

Devon County Council COVID-19 bulletin 18.06.2021

Devon County Council - COVID-19 bulletin - 25.06.2021

In this update:

  • Devon’s COVID-19 cases rise in young people
  • Grab-a-jab weekend with walk-in vaccination clinics
  • Devon bids for Community Renewal Fund
  • We’re baaaaaack at the Devon County Show this year
  • UK travel update

Click on the link below to read more:

Devon County Council COVID-19 bulletin 25.06.2021

Devon Community Testing sites and information

If you leave home to work or volunteer, or you are in contact with vulnerable people, regular testing will help to keep you and your community safe.
Testing is key to breaking the chain of coronavirus transmission, especially as around one in three people who have the virus don’t display any symptoms and may be unknowingly spreading it.
Testing is important even after you have been vaccinated, as you may still be able to pass on the virus to others even if you do not get symptoms.

See link below for more information about community testing sites and free home testing kits

Community Testing information for stakeholders 03.03.21

NHS Covid-19 App

NHS Covid-19 App

The government is launching the NHS COVID-19 app in England and Wales on Thursday 24 September.

We all need to know about this and how it will work, because we’re all likely to come upon it in our day to day lives.

Here’s how it works.

Right now though, businesses and other venues across England and Wales (like places of worship or community organisations with a physical location that is open to the public; or an event which is taking place in a physical location), are being urged by government to ensure that they have NHS ‘QR’ code posters visible at their entrances, in advance of Thursday 24 September.

In fact, there is now a legal requirement for certain venues to display the NHS QR posters in their venues by the 24 September.

They include venues in:

  • Hospitality
  • Leisure and tourism
  • Close contact services
  • Places of worship
  • Local authority venues

The QR code posters are free to download, and available online.

Some businesses already use their own QR system, but they are being asked by government to switch to the NHS Test and Trace QR code.

For more information about the NHS COVID-19 app, visit

Transport Update - January 2021

Transport Update - January 2021

There is also scope for reduced frequencies on the main commercial routes and in stages Stagecoach are implementing some changes in this category. The Government requires bus companies to discuss these changes with the local authority and in this context we are in continuous contact with Stagecoach. Changes so far include reduced frequencies on Service 12 (Newton Abbot – Torquay), Service A in Exeter on Saturdays, the UNI between Exeter City Centre and the University and the withdrawal of the Red Park & Ride. In all cases, travel is still possible along the routes concerned. Full details are available on the Stagecoach web site:

The ability of bus companies to maintain services may be subject to staff availability. Where this becomes an issue we will work with bus companies to ensure the best use of available staff.

The Travel Devon web site will also continue to provide advice to the public, including how to get to vaccination centres and, as and when information is available, the lateral flow testing sites:

The community transport sector is largely continuing its range of services:

The Ring & Ride schemes are maintaining services for essential shopping journeys (with the exception of the Exeter and Okehampton schemes who are ensuring passengers have alternatives available). Each scheme can be contacted via their usual telephone numbers. Full details at :

In general, the Community Bus schemes are continuing to operate their regular scheduled timetables.

The Coleridge Bus has made minor alterations to reduce waiting times for passengers in Kingsbridge whilst many local shops are closed, departing Peacocks at 1120 and Morrisons at 1130.

The Tavistock Community Bus has temporarily suspended all services.

Voluntary Car Schemes are helping patients to attend medical appointments and a number of schemes are involved with helping people to reach vaccination centres. Details are being updated regularly at:


"Connect Me" - Information from Devon County Council

  • Connect Me


    Friday 24 July 2020

    Stay alert, control the virus, save lives government web banner

    In this update:

    • New powers to help us respond quicker to cases
    • Care homes start to open carefully to visitors
    • Face coverings to be worn in enclosed public places
    • Eid al Adha guidance for our Muslim communities
    • One in five targeted by COVID scammers
    • 31 August deadline for 30 hours funded childcare
    • Support available for farmers

    View the full document here


    View the full document here

    ocument herePublic: coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for Devon on our website

    Please pass this onto district, borough, parish and town councillors as appropriate. The bulletin can be shared as a link by clicking the ‘View it as a Web page’ link at the top.

    Local Outbreak Plans will be supplementary to national testing and tracing arrangements

    Last Friday (22 May) the Government announced that Councils will receive a share of an extra £300m to help establish Local Outbreak Plans which will include local coordination and management of infection control and of local testing and tracing arrangements.

    We welcomed that announcement because it’s something we’ve been calling for. We’ve been asked how those plans sit alongside the Government’s recent announcement about national testing and tracing.

    These arrangements, to establish local outbreak plans, are supplementary to the national testing and tracing arrangements, and are to be in place across the country by the end of June.

    We will be one of 11 national Beacon Councils – the only one in the South West – to help lead and share good practice across the region.

    There are local concerns that if lockdown is released too quickly or if there is a huge influx of visitors then that this could cause a second peak of infection. At the same time many local businesses, particularly in the tourism and leisure sectors, are reliant on visitors.

    A locally managed outbreak response which can quickly spot and then mobilise all our local resources to contain any new clusters of infection or hotspots is seen as a good way to ensure that the release of lockdown can be managed more effectively and safely.

    Our Council Leader, Councillor John Hart, said:

    “Devon County Council welcomed the Government’s announcement late last week that local councils were to be asked to play a more central role in developing new local track and trace plans for their local areas.

    “These local outbreak plans will supplement and support the national track and trace system launched today and will put local authorities at the forefront of responding swiftly to help manage any local outbreak or hotspot before it spreads too far.

    “The expectation is that local plans covering the whole country will be in place by the end of June, but as a Beacon Council for the South West we expect arrangements in Devon to be place sooner.

    “We are currently working as fast as we can with all our local partners to build on the great work already done by everyone so far to develop plans that really work for Devon and the wider South West and can help our communities get back up and running again as safely and as soon as possible. Districts will be fully involved and the new policy builds on the statutory role of local government Directors of Public Health.

    “A key part of this will be to ensure public trust and confidence in the process locally and we will be making sure we are as transparent as possible and that as many people as possible feel they are a part of this process.”

    To read the information in full, please click here





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    It’s not easy, we know, but let’s keep it up

    Social distancing, staying at home – it’s all part of the collective response, and they’re the things that we can do ourselves. We’re pretty good at it too it seems. The South West still has the lowest number of reported cases of coronavirus (COVID-19), thanks largely to compliance. So when we hear analogies of marathons rather than sprints, let’s keep at it. Let’s keep it going.

    We’re aware that there’s a lot of anxiety around. It’s natural that people are feeling worried, but it’s important that we recognise it and that we share our concerns with others where we can and that we take steps to look after our own wellbeing as well as those around us. There’s a lot of advice out there to help you take care of your mental health and wellbeing, so please look after yourself.

    We’re continuing to work with all of our partners to keep communities safe and well.  It’s brilliant to hear of the excellent work being done locally by volunteers, and of communities coming together to look out for each other.  We’ve now got 386 local support groups identified on our interactive map, offering local initiatives to support those in need.

    Stay at home for your family graphic

    In this update:

    • Millie is Proud to Care
    • Keeping children safe when they are online
    • Drive through testing centre to open in Exeter
    • £59k dontated to community projects
    • Keeping the wheels of democracy turning
    • Thank you from our waste teams

    To read the information in full, please click here


    Keep it up, you’re doing great

    It’s tempting isn’t it to project forward, and speculate on easing the national lockdown to regain some level of normality. But right now, amidst talk of ‘peaks’, it’s vital that we keep on with the social distancing currently in place as we move into the weekend.

    It’s thanks to the way we’ve changed our behaviour and complied with these measures that the infection rate in Devon is slower and lower than in other parts of the country.

    We know it’s getting tough but stay at home, exercise locally. Go out only if you need to, and respect social distancing if you do.

    It’s also important that we continue looking out for each other, particularly the vulnerable and isolated in our communities. Let’s stand together and give our support to all those experiencing real hardship or difficulty.

    In this update:

    • Let us know your dietary requirements
    • Thanks for your community equipment
    • Be kind to key workers
    • Return to social work
    • Stay home for Ramadan
    • Beware Coronavirus scams

    To read the information in full, please click here

Information from Mid Devon District Council

  • Support for Mid Devon Businesses
    In the difficult and uncertain times resulting from the Coronavirus pandemic, with the UK in lockdown, businesses need a central place to find up-to-date relevant advice.
    The Council is regularly updating its website with information for businesses about support, guidance and rates relief.
    Information about Business Grants and Nursery Discount Business Rates is also provided at Government will provide 100% business rates retail relief for the current 2020/21
    year, for the following occupied premises: Shops, restaurants, cafés, drinking establishments, cinemas, and live music venues
     Sports, assembly and leisure premises
     Hotels, guest and boarding houses, holiday accommodation, caravan parksThis is in addition to businesses that already receive 100% small business rate relief
    (SBRR).Further to the rate relief, the Government has previously announced two Business Grants: a business support grant fund, and;
     a retail, hospitality and leisure grant fund.Eligible businesses can watch the Council’s video to find out how to complete a claim
    form for the grant funding.
  • Reduced Opening Hours
    Please note the reduced opening times to the Phoenix House building below. These could
    be subject to further restriction at very short notice.Whilst Customer Services are endeavouring to staff the service to meet ‘business as usual’,
    the coming weeks are going to be challenging. As we lose staff due to having to isolate our
    ability to maintain levels of service will suffer. Please be aware that enquiries may take a
    little longer to answer, and call wait times may become extended.We would wish to reassure customers, that during office hours we will always have
    someone at the end of the phone. Where possible, all customers should be checking the
    website for updates on service changes across the council, and using the online services
    which can be found at when they can.Help us to protect the most vulnerable, by only contacting us if your issue or enquiry is
    urgent.Monday          10:00am to 12.00pm
    Tuesday         CLOSED
    Wednesday    CLOSED
    Thursday        10:00am to 12.00pm
    Friday             CLOSED
  • Council Advises Against Lighting Any Bonfires During Lockdown

    Although there are no by-laws in Mid Devon prohibiting bonfires or regulating times when they can be lit, the Council’s Public Health & Regulatory Services team will, in line with legislation, investigate and take legal action where smoke causes a nuisance.

    The smoke and smell from bonfires can often prevent other residents from enjoying their gardens, opening windows, and hanging washing out, and reduces visibility in the neighbourhood and on the roads…

    Read the full press release at:

Local Support Fund

  • Local Support Fund

    Council launches Local Support Fund to help those in financial difficulties due to COVID19
    Mid Devon District Council, in association with Devon County Council, Churches Housing
    Action Team (CHAT) and Navigate Charity, have launched a Local Support Fund to support
    those whose financial situation has been affected by the current pandemic and are now
    out of cash for basic essentials for their household.

    The Mid Devon COVID-19 Support Fund can provide small emergency payments to help
    with basic essentials such as food, household essentials, electricity and gas, etc., to help
    people in financial difficulties if:

     They run their own business, and cannot currently trade / their business has been
    drastically reduced because of the pandemic
     Their employment situation has changed and their income now no longer covers
     They have lost their job due to the COVID-19 outbreak
     They have still not received expected government funding (i.e. self-employed)

    You can apply for a grant online at or phone
    the Community Support Helpline on 01884 234387 for help to fill in an application form.
    Town and Parish Charter

  • Full Press Release - Support Fund
    Council launches Local Support Fund to help those in financial difficulties due to COVID-19

    Mid Devon District Council, in association with Devon County Council, Churches Housing Action Team (CHAT) and Navigate Charity, have launched a Local Support Fund to support those whose financial situation has been affected by the current pandemic and are now out of cash for basic essentials for their household.

    The Mid Devon COVID-19 Support Fund can provide small emergency payments to help with basic essentials such as food, household essentials, electricity and gas, etc., to help people in financial difficulties if…

    Read the full press release at:

COVID-19 Test Facility for Mid Devon

  • COVID-19 Test Facility for Mid Devon

    The temporary testing site is specifically for people showing symptoms of COVID-19 who are either essential workers in Mid Devon, or are aged over 65. Household members of these groups, who are showing symptoms, are also eligible for testing.

    From Thursday, 30 April 2020 a mobile unit will be situated in the car park at Exe Valley Leisure Centre at Bolham Road, Tiverton, EX16 6SG

    For full Press Release please click here

Community Groups Supporting Vulnerable Residents

  • Community Groups Supporting Vulnerable Residents

    As a result of the Covid-19 outbreak, many people have been asking about setting up local
    groups to support vulnerable residents with shopping, picking up prescriptions, or just
    keeping in contact.

    If you are setting up a local group, make sure you are aware of the implications of the
    current legislation regarding data protection and safeguarding vulnerable adults. Although
    much of the legislation may not apply to you, there are some important principles you
    must follow around keeping personal data safe and confidential, and ensuring the most
    vulnerable are protected from harm.

    You can find useful information and resources on the ‘Covid-19 Mutual Aid UK’ website on, including information on data protection
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    If they have any doubts about what you should be doing around data protection or
    safeguarding, you should contact your local voluntary support agencies:
    Devon Association of Parish Councils –
    INVOLVE Voluntary Action in Mid Devon –
    Exeter CVS (now CoLab Exeter) –

    Advice concerning Covid-19 is developing rapidly, so make sure you are aware of the most
    current and correct advice before engaging with vulnerable residents.

Devon Communities Together

  • Zoom calls for over 55’s living in Devon

    Harry and Aggie from Devon Communities Together are inviting all over 55’s living in the Devon area to join in weekly, hour long, Zoom calls.

    Details of how to join can be viewed here.

    One meeting is for Torbay and Teignmouth, and one for the rest of Devon. The groups are intended for anyone to join, but especially those feeling isolated and lonely at this time.

    The sessions are very simple, and easy going, with a mixture of chat and activities like quizzes, chair yoga, or a drawing practice.

    We know that Zoom, and video calls are not easily accessible for everyone, but for those who are already comfortable (or just need a little supportive encouragement) – it opens a new world.

    For further information, please contact Harry Bonnell, Community Projects Officer on 01392 248919 or mobile 07984001566.

    Devon Communities Together, Units 73 & 74 Basepoint Business Centre, Yeaford Way, Exeter, EX2 8LB

Information from Mid Devon regarding Covid-19 R Number

  • Information from Mid Devon regarding Covid-19 R Number
    We have received the following information from Mid Devon:-
    You will have heard from Government briefings and in the media that the Covid-19 R number, one component determining the reproduction rate of the virus, has risen in the South West region as a whole. However, it is important to take into account the low numbers of cases and deaths, particularly in Devon which remains among the lowest in England.
    The below is what the Director of Public Health for Public Health Devon, Dr Virginia Pearson has said about the rise in R number.
    “The R value is an important regional barometer based on modelling data, but while it provides an estimate of ongoing transmission, it alone cannot determine the rate of growth of coronavirus and does not accurately reflect Devon’s local data on the ground. As such it should be treated with a little caution.
    “The South West R value spans from Isles of Scilly to Bristol, and while there have been hotspots in other parts of the region that increase the R value, Devon’s figures have remained low.
    “We have the fifth lowest number of recorded cases when comparing Devon to all 150 upper tier local authorities and the consistency of the numbers suggest that levels have plateaued recently. That’s in part due to our residents adhering to lockdown, and heeding national guidance around staying home and social distancing. We have done well in that regard and need to keep that up.
    “We continue to work closely with our Public Health and NHS colleagues to ensure the safety of our Devon residents, and we wait to hear the Government’s response to this latest R rate announcement.”
    Devon County Council which is the South West region’s lead authority (Beacon Council) for Covid-19 Local Outbreak Management has published a news briefing with authoritative commentary from Dr Pearson, Dr Yvonne Doyle, Medical Director for Public Health England and Prof Debra Lapthorne, Regional Director for Public Health England South West and Regional Director for NHS Public Health England South West.

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