Decision Maker: Cabinet Member Communities, Leader
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: No
To agree the Buckinghamshire Scheme for the
utilisation of the Household Fund allocation for
1. AGREED the Buckinghamshire Scheme for the utilisation of the Household Fund allocation for Buckinghamshire
2. AGREE to delegate to the Deputy Chief Executive in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Communities the allocation of the funds in accordance with the Scheme as outlined in the report
This decision is being taken under the ‘special urgency’ provisions of the constitution for the following reason:
As part of the £500m Household Support Grant Fund recently announced by, Buckinghamshire has been awarded £2,399,190.54. The funds are required to be utilised by 31st March 2022 and are to provide support to a broad cross section of vulnerable households including those who are not in receipt of benefits. Councils have discretion on how to identify and how to support those most in need. The funding is to support households in the most need with food, energy and water bills during the Winter months. It can also be used to support households with essential costs related to those items and with wider essential costs. In exceptional cases of genuine emergency it can additionally be used to support housing costs where existing housing support schemes do not meet this exceptional need. Special urgency provisions are being used for this decision in order to enable effective delivery, in a timely manner, to those who require support from this fund. The report provides the framework for this programme.
Contact: Gill Harding, Head of Community Support Email: Gill.Harding@buckinghamshire.gov.uk.
Publication date: 03/11/2021
Date of decision: 03/11/2021