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Issue details

Winter Grants Scheme

The government recently announced a package of extra targeted financial support for those in need over the winter period. The COVID Winter Grant Scheme will see new funding issued to councils to support those most in need across England with the cost of food, energy and water bills and other associated costs. The council has received a funding allocation of £416,729 which will last until the 31st March. The report will contain details of the recommended use of the funding and scheme to support its distribution to those who need it most. Details about the scheme can be found at:
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-winter-package-to-provide-further-support-for-children-and-families

Executive Member is asked to approve the uses for the funding and the scheme that will be adopted to distribute funding that meet the requirements set by government and local needs.

The Council aims to give 28 days notice for non-key decisions as it does for key decisions however on this occasion that has not been possible. This is to ensure that grants are awarded to recipients at the earliest opportunity.

Decision type: Non-key

Decision status: Decision Made

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 23/11/2020

Decision due: 03/12/20 by Executive Member for Finance and Performance
Reason: The Council aims to give 28 days notice for non-key decisions as it does for key decisions however on this occasion that has not been possible. This is to ensure that grants are awarded to recipients at the earliest opportunity.

Lead member: Executive Member for Finance and Performance

Lead director: Chief Operating Officer

Department: Chief Executive's

Contact: David Walker Email: david.walker@york.gov.uk Email: david.walker@york.gov.uk.

Consultation process

This is a Central Government scheme and there was no consultation with City of York Council on its implementation. In terms of supporting the council’s residents there will be internal consultation in respect of vulnerable children and free school meals.

Consultees: Chiildren, Education and Culture Teams and relevant Executive portfolio holders

Decisions

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