Local democracy during coronavirus

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Agenda, decisions and minutes

Venue: The Snow Room - Ground Floor, West Offices (G035). View directions

Contact: Angela Bielby  Democracy Officer

Items
No. Item

23.

Declarations of Interest

At this point in the meeting, the Executive Members are asked to

declare:

·        any personal interests not included on the Register of

Interests

·        any prejudicial interests or

·        any disclosable pecuniary interests

which they may have in respect of business on this agenda.

Minutes:

The Executive Members were asked to declare, at this point in the meeting, any personal interests, not included on the Register of Interests, or any prejudicial or disclosable pecuniary interests that he might have had in respect of business on the agenda. They confirmed they had none.

 

24.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 213 KB

To approve and sign the minutes of the Decision Session held on 14 June 2021

Minutes:

Resolved:  That the minutes of the Decision Session held on 14 June be approved as a correct record and  signed by the Executive Member.

25.

Public Participation

At this point in the meeting members of the public who have

registered to speak can do so. Members of the public may

speak on agenda items or on matters within the remit of the

committee. The deadline for registering at this meeting is at 5.00pm on Thursday 8 July 2021.

 

To register to speak please visit

www.york.gov.uk/AttendCouncilMeetings to fill out an online

registration form. If you have any questions about the

registration form or the meeting please contact the Democracy

Officer for the meeting whose details can be found at the foot of

the agenda.

 

Webcasting of Remote Public Meetings

Please note that, subject to available resources, this remote

public meeting will be webcast including any registered public

speakers who have given their permission. The remote public

meeting can be viewed live and on demand at

www.york.gov.uk/webcasts.

 

During coronavirus, we've made some changes to how we're

running council meetings. See our coronavirus updates

(www.york.gov.uk/COVIDDemocracy) for more information on

meetings and decisions.

 

 

Minutes:

It was reported that there had been no registrations to speak

at the meeting under the Council’s Public Participation Scheme.

 

26.

Annual report on Financial Inclusion and Welfare Benefits activities pdf icon PDF 667 KB

This report provides portfolio Executive Members with the Financial/Welfare Benefits 2020/21 outturn report including:

·        the ongoing impact of Coronavirus as well recent welfare benefits changes in York, including Universal Credit (UC), and importantly the support available for residents in dealing with these challenges;

·        an update on benefits statistics and performance as administered by the council including the York Financial Assistance Scheme (YFAS);

·        other financial inclusion (FI)  activity during 2020/21 including delivery of FI grant schemes.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved: That the 2020-21 Annual report on Financial Inclusion and Welfare Benefits activities and progress made in supporting residents who are financially vulnerable be noted.

 

Reason:     To ensure councillors, residents and stakeholder groups are aware of the ongoing financial inclusion activity across the city and use of associated funding including covid-19 support, and to be updated on welfare benefits changes and their impacts. 

 

Minutes:

The Executive Members considered a report that detailed the Financial/Welfare Benefits 2020/21 outturn report including:

·        the ongoing impact of Coronavirus as well recent welfare benefits changes in York, including Universal Credit (UC), and importantly the support available for residents in dealing with these challenges;

·        an update on benefits statistics and performance as administered by the council including the York Financial Assistance Scheme (YFAS);

·        other financial inclusion (FI)  activity during 2020/21 including delivery of FI grant schemes.

 

The Director of Customer & Communities gave an overview of the report, explaining the support that had been given to residents during the pandemic through different funding streams by officers, volunteers and charitable organisations. This included the winter support grants, COVID support grants and council tax support.  The work of the Welfare Benefits Unit was highlighted and thanks to all staff and volunteers was noted. The impacts of digital inclusion were outlined and it was noted that the work of the community hubs on the Breathing Space scheme had commenced on 1 May.

 

The Executive Member for Housing and Safer Neighbourhoods welcomed the wide ranging support for York residents and she noted the support of the Welfare Benefits Unit, Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) trained volunteers and other organisations in helping residents to access support and manage their debts. She was pleased that the council could fund free school meal provision, access to the internet and extension of council tax support and she noted concerns about ongoing support at the of furlough in September. The Executive Member for Finance and Performance commended the work undertaken to support residents and he extended his thanks to staff and volunteers. It was then;

 

Resolved: That the 2020-21 Annual report on Financial Inclusion and Welfare Benefits activities and progress made in supporting residents who are financially vulnerable be noted.

 

Reason:     To ensure councillors, residents and stakeholder groups are aware of the ongoing financial inclusion activity across the city and use of associated funding including covid-19 support, and to be updated on welfare benefits changes and their impacts. 

 

 

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