Agenda and draft minutes

Household Support Fund in Haringey April-September 2024, Cabinet Member Signing
Monday, 10th June, 2024 11.00 am

Venue: Alexandra House 10 Station Road Wood Green N22 7TR

Contact: Ayshe Simsek  2929, Email: ayshe.simsek@haringey.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

18.

Filming at meetings notice

Please note that this meeting may be filmed or recorded by the Council for

live or subsequent broadcast via the Council’s internet site or by anyone

attending the meeting using any communication method. Although we ask

members of the public recording, filming or reporting on the meeting not to

include the public seating areas, members of the public attending the meeting

should be aware that we cannot guarantee that they will not be filmed or

recorded by others attending the meeting. Members of the public participating

in the meeting (e.g. making deputations, asking questions, making oral

protests) should be aware that they are likely to be filmed, recorded or

reported on. By entering the meeting room and using the public seating area,

you are consenting to being filmed and to the possible use of those images

and sound recordings.

 

The Chair of the meeting has the discretion to terminate or suspend filming or

recording, if in his or her opinion continuation of the filming, recording or

reporting would disrupt or prejudice the proceedings, infringe the rights of any

individual or may lead to the breach of a legal obligation by the Council.

 

Minutes:

The Cabinet Member referred to the filming at meetings notice and attendees noted this information.

19.

Apologies for absence

To receive any apologies for absence.

Minutes:

There were no apologies for abesence.

20.

Urgent Business

The Chair will consider the admission of any late items of Urgent Business.

(Late items of Urgent Business will be considered under the agenda item

where they appear. New items of Urgent Business will be dealt with under

agenda item 7 ).

 

Minutes:

There were no  items of urgent business.

21.

Declarations of interest

A member with a disclosable pecuniary interest or a prejudicial interest in a matter who attends a meeting of the authority at which the matter is considered:

 

(i) must disclose the interest at the start of the meeting or when the interest becomes apparent, and

(ii) may not participate in any discussion or vote on the matter and must withdraw from the meeting room.

 

A member who discloses at a meeting a disclosable pecuniary interest which is not registered in the Register of Members’ Interests or the subject of a pending notification must notify the Monitoring Officer of the interest within 28 days of the disclosure.

 

Disclosable pecuniary interests, personal interests and prejudicial interests are defined at Paragraphs 5-7 and Appendix A of the Members’ Code of Conduct

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

22.

Deputations/Petitions/Questions

To consider any requests received in accordance with Part 4, Section B,

paragraph 29 of the Council’s constitution.

 

Minutes:

There were no deputations, petitions or questions put forward.

23.

Household Support Fund in Haringey April-September 2024 pdf icon PDF 354 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Cabinet Member for Resident Services and Tackling Inequality considered a report which sought approval of the allocation of Household Support Fund grant provided from the Government, through the Department of Works and Pensions (DWP).

 

This decision would enable the Household Support Fund scheme to be extended for a further six months for the period 1st April 2024 to 30th September 2024 and Haringey Council had been allocated £2,406,672 for the 6-month period.

 

The objective of The Fund was to provide support to households in the most need; particularly those who may not be eligible for the other support government has recently made available but who are nevertheless in need and who require crisis support. The Fund was intended to cover a wide range of low-income households in need including families with children of all ages, pensioners, unpaid carers, care leavers and disabled people, with an emphasis on supporting households with energy, food, and water bills.

 

 

The Household Support Fund Scheme Policy: May 2024, was attached at appendix 1 and set out the Council’s arrangement for administering the Fund, which was within the conditions stipulated by DWP.

 

The Cabinet Member noted that the main difference in this phase of funding was that the Voluntary Sector would not receive direct funding to allocate but instead would be referring residents to apply directly to the Council through the welfare assistance scheme. The benefits manager added that he would be engaging with the Voluntary Sector Team to ensure the process was as clear and efficient as possible to mitigate any delays.

 

There was also communication with Food Banks on the extension of the scheme so that they could continue to signpost residents and also help them with the application process.

 

It was noted that there was increased applications for the support with living costs and payment of electricity bills and clarification would be provided on the maximum amount that single persons and families were entitled to from the support fund for energy payments.

 

In response to a question about the template letter noting the provision of the Household Support Fund from the government, advice was awaited from the DWP on this to ensure that pre-election rules were adhered to. The Cabinet Member was assured that this would not delay letters of notification of grant funding, and in turn payments, to residents

 

The Cabinet Member for Resident Services and Tackling Inequality,

 

RESOLVED

 

1.    To note the Household Support Fund allocation from the government of £2,406,672 for the period 1st April 2024 to 30th September 2024.

 

2.    To approve the allocation of this funding as set out in Appendix 1

 

3.    To delegate authority to the Assistant Director of Customer Services, following consultation with the Cabinet Member for Resident Services and Tackling Inequality, to amend this policy to maximise and control the distribution of the fund and to give effect to changes in legislation, statutory or non-statutory guidance, or directives or instructions of a similar character issued by Government.

 

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24.

New Items of Urgent Business

Minutes:

None