Decision Maker: Cabinet
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: Yes
Household Support Fund is a grant that
Staffordshire County Council receives from the Department for Work
and Pensions. The report outlines the plan for the spend of this
“The Household Support Fund helps families to meet with their day-to-day living costs. One of our priorities as a county council is to ensure those most in need in Staffordshire are supported, particularly when there are additional cost of living pressures. We’re pleased to be able to deliver a scheme to our residents which has made a real difference over the last two-and-a-half years.”
Marl Sutton, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People
Reasons for the Decision – To consider the impact of the delivery of the Household Support Fund (HSF) grant on local residents to date and the plan for the financial year 2023/24
Decision – (a) That the impact of the Household Support Fund in supporting residents in need of financial assistance be acknowledged.
(b) That the anticipated receipt of £11,013,096.00 from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), in relation to the HSF be acknowledged.
(c) That the planned proposals for the usage of the HSF in Staffordshire for the financial year 2023/24 be endorsed.
(d) That authority be delegated to the Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, in consultation with the 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.
(e) That the flexibility to amend the amount of funding proposed for each scheme to ensure we can meet the demand or need due to the spend outlined being anticipated be approved.
(f) That the extension of the current arrangements in place with Hemingways digital voucher, Beat the Cold and Community Foundation for Staffordshire for a further 12 months be approved.
Report author: Natasha Moody
Publication date: 18/05/2023
Date of decision: 17/05/2023
Decided at meeting: 17/05/2023 - Cabinet
Effective from: 24/05/2023