FOI Disclosure Log

Customer Request Details

04 January 2022

I would be grateful if you could please provide the following information on the Household Support Scheme as of 31st December:

 

  1. The total amount of funding allocated to you from the Household Support Fund
  2. The total amount of this funding that you allocated to be spent on vulnerable households with children
  3. If any funding was given directly to local charities, services or community groups, the total of this amount and the names of the organisations it was given to
  4. The criteria you determined for eligibility to the scheme (e.g. must be in receipt of certain benefits, have less than a certain amount of savings) 
  5. The format in which support from the Fund is provided (e.g. voucher, bank transfer, buying items directly for individuals) and any stipulations on what it must be spent on (e.g. vouchers for food or for fuel bills)
  6. If those determined as eligible for the scheme were automatically provided with support from the Fund or if they were required to apply 
  7. The date at which applications opened for support from the Fund
  8. The total number of applications received for support from the Fund
  9. The total number of applications that were approved 
  10. If applications are now closed, the date at which they closed

 



East Herts Council Response

28 January 2022

Thank you for your request for information, this has now been processed and the information that we hold is enclosed.

  1. The total amount of funding allocated to you from the Household Support Fund - £77,000

 

  1. The total amount of this funding that you allocated to be spent on vulnerable households with children – TBC. We are identifying vulnerable individuals and families at the moment and will be contacting them to outline the support available. We are aiming to have all the funding distributed by the end of March

 

  1. If any funding was given directly to local charities, services or community groups, the total of this amount and the names of the organisations it was given to – The fund will be administered by CVS BEH. As part of this they were able to claim up £7,000 to cover administrative costs associated with this work.

 

  1. The criteria you determined for eligibility to the scheme (e.g. must be in receipt of certain benefits, have less than a certain amount of savings) – For fuel support, initially we are reaching out to residents of East Herts in receipt of Discretionary Housing Payments. If all available funds are not claimed we will looks to work with housing providers to identify their most vulnerable families and individuals who could access this support. Food support is planned to be provided to clients of foodbanks

 

  1. The format in which support from the Fund is provided (e.g. voucher, bank transfer, buying items directly for individuals) and any stipulations on what it must be spent on (e.g. vouchers for food or for fuel bills) – This is still to be confirmed but we are aiming to implement a voucher than can be used on fuel costs while funding for food support will be provided to foodbanks to provide resources and support to their clients

 

  1. If those determined as eligible for the scheme were automatically provided with support from the Fund or if they were required to apply – Those identified as eligible for support will be contacted by the council and, where appropriate, support agencies such as foodbanks ad CVS, to inform them of the support available. Applying for fuel support will require clients to contact CVS BEH.

 

  1. The date at which applications opened for support from the Fund – TBC. Expected at the start of February.

 

  1. The total number of applications received for support from the Fund – TBC. We aim to have all funds distributed by the end of March 2022.

 

  1. The total number of applications that were approved - TBC. We aim to have all funds distributed by the end of March 2022.

 

  1. If applications are now closed, the date at which they closed - TBC. We are in the process of finalising the arrangements

 

If you are unsatisfied with the way the Council has handled your request please let us know in the first instance so that an internal review can be carried out. Additionally,  If you have any queries about the processing of your request please do not hesitate to contact me.

For re-use of information and conditions on the use of personal data  please see

https://www.eastherts.gov.uk/about-east-herts-0/information-requests/re-use-council-information

Alternatively for more information on the Freedom of Information Act contact the Information Commissioner at:

Information Commissioners Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Telephone 0303 123 1113

https://ico.org.uk/

 

It is important that you include the above FOI reference number on all correspondence related to this request.

 

Thank you for your request.