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Household Support Fund

Meeting: 08/11/2021 - Decision Session - Executive Member for Finance and Major Projects (Item 39)

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This paper presents the Household Support Fund (HSF) scheme to the Executive Member for Finance & Performancein consultation with the Executive Member for Housing & Safer Neighbourhoods for approval.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved: That;

a)   The council’s Household Support Fund (as detailed at Annex A) be approved.

b)   That the allocation of £20k in funding to fuel vouchers (as detailed at Paragraph 9 and Annex A) be approved. 

c)   The discretion to pay claims made within the broader scope of the scheme guidance as set out by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) (as detailed ay Annex B) be delegated to the Head of Customer & Exchequer Services.      

Reason:     To provide financial support to the city’s most financially vulnerable residents through the winter 21/22 during the ongoing covid-19 pandemic.

 

Minutes:

The Executive Members considered a report that presented the Household Support Fund (HSF) scheme to the Executive Member for Finance & Performancein consultation with the Executive Member for Housing & Safer Neighbourhoods for approval.

 

The Head of Customer & Exchequer Services  explained the HFS scheme in facilitating support payments to all qualifying families experiencing financial difficulties (as detailed at Annex A). He noted that it could be used for fuel bills and that the online claim form would be available on 15 November.

 

The Executive Member for Housing & Safer Neighbourhoods welcomed the scheme and funding from the government and was pleased that the funds would be given out as soon as possible, focussing on people in need. She was pleased that the funds could be used to respond to the increase in energy costs via fuel vouchers and she welcomed the evaluation and feedback on the scheme. The Executive Member for Finance & Performance thanked officers for their work and welcomed the scheme.

 

It was then:

Resolved: That;

a)   The council’s Household Support Fund (as detailed at Annex A) be approved.

b)   That the allocation of £20k in funding to fuel vouchers (as detailed at Paragraph 9 and Annex A) be approved. 

c)   The discretion to pay claims made within the broader scope of the scheme guidance as set out by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) (as detailed ay Annex B) be delegated to the Head of Customer & Exchequer Services.   

  

Reason:     To provide financial support to the city’s most financially vulnerable residents through the winter 21/22 during the ongoing covid-19 pandemic.

 

[Cllr Craghill (Executive Member for Housing & Safer Neighbourhoods) left the meeting at 10.21]

 


 

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