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Annual Report of the Financial Inclusion Steering Group 2016/17

Meeting: 13/07/2017 - Executive (Item 19)

19 Report on Work of the Financial Inclusion Steering Group 2016/17 and 2017/18 Update pdf icon PDF 285 KB

The Assistant Director of Customer & Digital Services to present a report which outlines the work of the Financial Inclusion Steering Group (FISG) in 2016/17 and 2017/17 to date.

Decision:

Resolved:  That the Executive notes the work of the Financial Inclusion Steering Group in 2016/17 and 2017/18 to date.

 

Reason:    To ensure Members are aware of Financial Inclusion activity and how related financial support is administered through Council Tax Support and York Financial Assistance schemes to inform planning for future financial pressures relating to these schemes and to ensure that support continues to be effectively provided. 

Minutes:

Members considered a report which outlined the work of the Financial Inclusion Steering Group (FISG) in 2016/17 and 2017/17 to date and provided information about the Council Tax Support (CTS) Scheme, the delivery of the York Financial Assistance Scheme (YFAS) and an update on Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP).

 

The Group were thanked for their work and Members were urged to note the information as Ward Councillors were well placed to help communicate the advice and support available.

 

It was acknowledged that the roll out of Universal Credit would be a significant change and concerns had been raised as to the minimum 6 week delay for the first payment and the payment direct to the recipient rather than the landlord.  It was noted that digital and budgeting support was available and work had been undertaken with Housing and the DWP locally to promote awareness.  The work of the Tenancy Support Scheme with the South Yorkshire Credit Union was also highlighted.

 

Resolved:  That the Executive notes the work of the Financial Inclusion Steering Group in 2016/17 and 2017/18 to date.

 

Reason:    To ensure Members are aware of Financial Inclusion activity and how related financial support is administered through Council Tax Support and York Financial Assistance schemes to inform planning for future financial pressures relating to these schemes and to ensure that support continues to be effectively provided.


 

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