Decision details

Household Support Grant

Decision Maker: Executive Member for Stronger Communities

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No

Purpose:

To agree the local eligibility framework to be used to distribute the Household Support Fund

Decision:

• That the County Council will deploy a second Household Support Fund (HSF) allocation (April – September 2022) of £3,537,549.92, in order to provide support to vulnerable households in most need of support, and to help with significantly rising living costs.
• That in line with Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) guidance published on 20 April 2022, the County Council will ensure that at least 1/3 of the funds are made available to households with children, and at least 1/3 on households which include a person who has reached state pension age through a locally developed eligibility framework.
• Funding will be provided through supermarket vouchers, food banks, Warm and Well, and NYLAF.

Reasons for the decision:

DWP requires local authorities to have a local eligibility framework and approach for the allocation of Household Support Fund, before the funding can be utilised.

Alternative options considered:

Not to utilise the Household Support Fund allocation – this would have resulted in additional support not being available to residents of North Yorkshire.

Publication date: 22/04/2022

Date of decision: 22/04/2022