Decision details

Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion Update

Decision Maker: Decision Session - Executive Member for Health and Adult Social Care, Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Health

Decision status: Decision Made

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


This paper will update the Executive Member on the ongoing impact of recent and imminent welfare benefits changes in York, including Universal Credit, and importantly the support available for residents in dealing with these challenges. It will look at the available support for residents including local welfare support and other financial inclusion activity.

The Executive Member will be asked to note the issues raised in the report and action taken or planned to address them.


Resolved:  (i)      That the impact of Universal Credit (UC) to date on York citizens, and the actions being taken by the council and its partners to mitigate any negative financial and social effects caused by its roll-out, be noted, and that further updates to be received in due course.


Reason      To confirm that the Executive Member is aware of the impact of UC and the welfare support available to residents.


                   (ii)      That the progress made by projects sponsored through the Financial Inclusion Steering Group funding to work proactively with third sector partners on a wide range of support, early intervention and advice projects be approved.


Reason:     To ensure that residents and groups are aware of financial inclusion activity.


                   (iii)     That the position of the York Financial Assistance Scheme (YFAS) at the end of September, including the duration of the project grants awarded, be noted.


Reason:     To confirm that the Executive Member is aware of the YFAS support funded to date in 2018/19.


                   (iv)    That it be noted with thanks that the Customer & Corporate Services Scrutiny Management Committee (CCSSMC) has agreed to consider the council motion on food poverty, as set out in paragraph 26 of the report, within their review of welfare benefit and financial inclusion.


Reason:     In order to help mitigate food poverty in the city.


Report author: Pauline Stuchfield

Publication date: 15/11/2018

Date of decision: 15/11/2018

Decided at meeting: 15/11/2018 - Decision Session - Executive Member for Health and Adult Social Care

Effective from: 20/11/2018

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