Decision details

Household Support Fund(WL)

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Resources

Decision status: Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes

Purpose:

A decision on how to use funding provided by the Department for Work and Pensions to help vulnerable households this winter.

Decision:

The Cabinet Member agrees that the grant funding will be allocated as follows.

 

£320,000 to continue the Free School Meal voucher scheme for the October, Christmas, and February half term periods in 2021/22.

 

£100,000 will be provided to Citizens Advice Bath and North East Somerset to fund the Fuel Voucher Scheme

 

£547,000 will be allocated to provide support to vulnerable residents with energy costs through issuing prepaid debit cards and associated administrative costs.

 

Reasons for the decision:

The cost of energy has risen sharply over the last year due to worldwide energy supply issues. Whilst there is good provision for support with food and housing costs for B&NES residents, support for help with energy is less available. The council should therefore focus on this area of need.

 

Alternative options considered:

Provision of vouchers for General Living costs

Publication date: 18/11/2021

Date of decision: 18/11/2021

Effective from: 26/11/2021

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