Extension of Hardship Fund Support
Decision Maker: Decision Session - Executive Member for Finance and Performance, Executive Member for Finance and Performance
Decision status: Decision Made
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: Yes
Purpose of Report: To confirm the position of spend against both the government’s Covid-19 Hardship Funding of £956,904 used to provide each resident in receipt of Council Tax Support with £150 of financial support towards their council tax bill in 2020/21. To consider the continuation of this and other Covid-19 support using additional crisis funds provided by the council to support residents in financial difficulty.
The Executive Member will be asked to approve the continuation of financial support to Covid-19 schemes including the Council Tax Hardship Scheme for the remainder of the 2020/21 Year.
a) The financial support provided to residents to date be noted.
b) Approval be given to the extension of the hardship scheme with council funding to 31 March 2021
c) Approval be given to the continuation of the community based welfare support and discretionary free school meals as set out at Table 1.
Reason: To provide financial support to the councils most financially vulnerable residents during the covid-19 pandemic.
Report author: Pauline Stuchfield
Publication date: 27/10/2020
Date of decision: 27/10/2020
Decided at meeting: 27/10/2020 - Decision Session - Executive Member for Finance and Performance
Effective from: 30/10/2020