Decision details

Household Support Fund

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Cabinet is asked to acknowledge the receipt of the Household Support Fund and approve the proposed expenditure.



“This summer we will be distributing £5.5m to help families with young children, and older people, with the cost of living.


Having successfully distributed millions of pounds worth of support in the last two years, we know from the stories people tell us that this support makes a real difference to their lives.


Thousands of people will benefit in the next few months from help with their food, fuel or water bills, including the families of 27,000 children as part of the Holiday Activity and Food programme”.


Mark Sutton, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People


Reasons for the Decision – To consider the proposed expenditure and delivery arrangements for the Household Support Fund (HSF) in Staffordshire which is required to be fully spent by 30 September 2022.


Decision – (a) That the anticipated receipt of £5,506,547.99 from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), in relation to the HSF, be acknowledged.


(b) That the high-level proposals for the usage of the HSF in Staffordshire be approved.


(c) That authority be delegated to the Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, in consultation with the Deputy Chief Executive and Director for Families and Communities, to decide the delivery and eligibility criteria for distribution of the HSF in Staffordshire, and to take all other subsequent decisions to ensure that this support gets to those who need it as quickly as possible. This includes any decisions in respect of extensions to the Scheme or additional funding, ensuring Cabinet are fully briefed on any such extensions or spending.


(d) That it be acknowledged that the delegation to the Cabinet Member for Children and Young People includes authorising the County Council to enter required contractual arrangements with Partners and Providers where required to deliver the HSF in Staffordshire.


(e) That an extension of current commissioning arrangements with Beat the Cold and Community Foundation of Staffordshire for a further 6 months, with effect from 1st May 2022, on existing terms and conditions, to administer the Warmth Project be approved.

Report author: Joseph Sullivan

Publication date: 19/05/2022

Date of decision: 18/05/2022

Decided at meeting: 18/05/2022 - Cabinet

Effective from: 25/05/2022

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