Interim Report on Financial Inclusion and Welfare Benefits Activities 2019/20
Decision Maker: Executive
Decision status: Decision Made
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: Yes
This paper will update
• financial inclusion (FI) activity during 2019/20 including delivery of FI grant schemes
• an update on benefits statistics and performance as administered by the council including the York Financial Assistance Scheme
• any 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.
• Progress in implanting the agreed recommendations from the Financial Inclusion Scrutiny Review
Members will be asked to note the report.
Item has been deferred to the 21 January 2020 Executive meeting as the 12 December 2019 meeting, has been cancelled due to clash with general election.
Resolved: (i) That the report, and the progress made against the Financial Inclusion scrutiny recommendations, be noted.
(ii) That approval be given to use £1,300 from the Financial Inclusion budget to fund an event to bring together partners and resources in the city to work strategically on tackling digital exclusion in York.
Reasons: To ensure that councillors, residents and groups are aware of financial inclusion activity and the use of associated funding, to confirm that Members have been updated on welfare benefits, and to ensure that approved scrutiny actions are being implemented.
Report author: Pauline Stuchfield
Publication date: 22/01/2020
Date of decision: 21/01/2020
Decided at meeting: 21/01/2020 - Executive
Effective from: 24/01/2020