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'Government launches £500m support for vulnerable households over winter'

Tori_Scope
Tori_Scope Posts: 5,974

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Today the Government has launched a new £500 million Household Support Fund. Here's the press release:
  • £500m support available to help those most in need as we enter the final stages of recovery
  • Money available to councils in October 2021
  • Bolsters support already in place to help vulnerable households and individuals
Vulnerable households across the country will be able to access a new £500m support fund to help them with essentials over the coming months as the country continues its recovery from the pandemic.
 
The new Household Support Fund will support millions of households in England and will be distributed by councils in England, who know their local areas best and can directly help those who need it most, including for example, through small grants to meet daily needs such as food, clothing, and utilities. Cash will be made available to Local Authorities in October 2021.
 
The Barnett formula will apply in the usual way to additional funding in England. The devolved administrations will therefore receive up to £79m of the £500m.
  
With more people in work and the economy bouncing back, the Government is focused on investing in jobs and skills – increasing prospects and wages across the country – whilst ensuring those in greatest need can access vital support to help cover every day costs. Alongside this, the government’s Plan for Jobs is helping people move back into employment so they can earn a regular wage, progress and increase their financial resilience.
 
Families will also continue to benefit from the energy price cap, recent rise in Local Housing Allowance and increases in the National Living Wage.
 
Thérèse Coffey, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, said:
 
“Over the last year, we have helped millions of people provide for their families. Many are now back on their feet but we know that some may still need further support. Our targeted Household Support Fund is here to help those vulnerable households with essential costs as we push through the last stages of our recovery from the pandemic.”

Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak said:
 
“Everyone should be able to afford the essentials, and we are committed to ensuring that is the case.
 
“Our new Household Support Fund will provide a lifeline for those at risk of struggling to keep up with their bills over the winter, adding to the support the government is already providing to help people with the cost of living.”
 
The UK Government has kept its Covid-related economic support in place until September, helping people through the toughest stages of the pandemic and well beyond the end of the roadmap, with more generous timelines than other countries in Europe.
 
This new fund will run over winter and those in need of support should contact their local council who will help them access the fund.
 
This fund bolsters support from the Warm Home Discount which provides a £140 rebate on energy bills each winter to over 2.2 million low-income households and the Cold Weather Payment which provides £25 extra a week for poorer households when the temperature is consistently below zero.
 
Earlier this year the government expanded the £221m Holiday Activities and Food programme, which has offered nutritious meals and enriching activities to disadvantaged children across the Easter and Summer holidays, and will do so again this Christmas.
 
And to further support families with children, the Government has doubled free childcare for eligible working parents, worth up to £5,000 per child every year and increased the value of Healthy Start vouchers in April by over a third, helping disadvantaged women who are pregnant or have children under four to purchase fresh fruit and vegetables, boosting the long-term health of their children.
 
As the Barnett formula will apply in the usual way to additional funding in England, the devolved administrations will receive up to £79m of the £500m (£41m for the Scottish Government, £25m for the Welsh Government and £14m for the NI Executive). It will be for the devolved administrations to decide how to allocate this additional funding.
The new fund sits alongside other support available for households:
  • the Warm Home Discount Scheme which provides a £140 rebate on energy bills each winter to over 2.2 million low-income households  
  • the Cold Weather Payment which provides £25 extra a week for poorer households when the temperature is consistently below zero
  • the Holiday Activities and Food programme, which has offered nutritious meals and enriching activities to disadvantaged children across the Easter and Summer holidays, and will do so again this Christmas
  • doubling of free childcare for eligible working parents, worth up to £5,000 per child every year
  • Healthy Start vouchers which increased in value by over a third in April, helping disadvantaged women who are pregnant or have children under four to purchase fresh fruit and vegetables, boosting the long-term health of their children
Do you think the new Household Support Fund goes far enough in supporting households as the economy starts to recover? Will you be making use of the Fund, or any of the pre-existing schemes?
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  • woodbine
    woodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,251 Disability Gamechanger
    If I'm honest I think they are trying to divert the uproar re: the UC uplift, I also doubt that councils are best placed to administer this fund, as for the Barnett formula three countries get £80m between them meaning England only gets £420m deduct from that the administration cost and it's not going to go far is it?

    Impressed? not.

    But thanks for posting @Tori_Scope
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  • Teddybear12
    Teddybear12 Member Posts: 752 Pioneering
    edited September 30
    This is an insult. A political gesture worth nothing. 
  • mikehughescq
    mikehughescq Member Posts: 7,431 Disability Gamechanger
    woodbine said:
    If I'm honest I think they are trying to divert the uproar re: the UC uplift, I also doubt that councils are best placed to administer this fund, as for the Barnett formula three countries get £80m between them meaning England only gets £420m deduct from that the administration cost and it's not going to go far is it?

    Impressed? not.

    But thanks for posting @Tori_Scope
    Totally agree. Also an opportunity to divert blame for the actual distribution and for when the money runs out. 
  • woodbine
    woodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,251 Disability Gamechanger
    The chancellor was saying on the 6pm news that the help would amount to no more than £100 over the winter for the families they think might qualify.(thats the whole winter)

    In the current economic climate that will be the equivalent of a sticking plaster on a broken leg 
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  • lisathomas50
    lisathomas50 Posts: 4,584 Disability Gamechanger
    Thats not happening g in wales though is it 
  • Cress
    Cress Member Posts: 915 Pioneering
    That's not going to be of much help...as said previously..an insult.
  • happyfella
    happyfella Member Posts: 171 Courageous
    A lot of that money will be wasted on admin. So, in reality, how much will people receive or need it.
  • TheAlien
    TheAlien Member Posts: 42 Courageous
    Its an insult.

    The disabled were readily pushed aside by the government during the pandemic, those on legacy benefits didn't get the £20 uplift - we're still awaiting the high court decision which has been pushed back to November, support for many was non existent - I didn't even have as much as a telephone call for over 8 months!  We were just told to stay indoors and away from everyone.

    With all the sudden appeasement going on, is it just me who feels there may be an election about to be announced?
  • woodbine
    woodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,251 Disability Gamechanger
    Thats not happening g in wales though is it 
    it is lisa Wales gets a share under the Barnet formula i.e £25 million
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  • woodbine
    woodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,251 Disability Gamechanger
    TheAlien said:
    Its an insult.

    The disabled were readily pushed aside by the government during the pandemic, those on legacy benefits didn't get the £20 uplift - we're still awaiting the high court decision which has been pushed back to November, support for many was non existent - I didn't even have as much as a telephone call for over 8 months!  We were just told to stay indoors and away from everyone.

    With all the sudden appeasement going on, is it just me who feels there may be an election about to be announced?
    No election just the Tory party conference, the end of furlough and the removal of the £20 UC uplift, in other words a perfect storm of the govts. own making.!
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  • mikehughescq
    mikehughescq Member Posts: 7,431 Disability Gamechanger
    You seem to be living in a permanent “perfect storm” @woodbine. It’s a very popular phrase in your threads :)
  • lisathomas50
    lisathomas50 Posts: 4,584 Disability Gamechanger
    As someone who is on universal credit  and was haveing the uplift but to be honest its caused more problems than help especially now its being stopped wish I hadn't had it in the first place 
  • lisathomas50
    lisathomas50 Posts: 4,584 Disability Gamechanger
    @woodbine thank you it just stated England at the top think scope forget there are Welsh people on scope lol 
  • Adrian_Scope
    Adrian_Scope Testing team Posts: 8,074

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    Hi @lisathomas50, the press release Tori quoted above wasn't written by Scope and does make mention of devolved administrations e.g Wales, although it definitely could have been made clearer! :)
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  • calcotti
    calcotti Member Posts: 2,979 Disability Gamechanger
    As someone who is on universal credit  and was haveing the uplift but to be honest its caused more problems than help especially now its being stopped wish I hadn't had it in the first place 
    Curious about what problems having an additional £20/week has caused you.
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  • Crazyraven
    Crazyraven Member Posts: 16 Connected
    by the time you get through all the paperwork, the humilisting beurocracy, it'll be spring before you see it
  • PENNYB_1971
    PENNYB_1971 Member Posts: 8 Listener
    I don't understand how or what this money is  im on pip as disabld I live alone never have enough money as it goes paying for my care package   but I don't understand who can get it.
  • woodbine
    woodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,251 Disability Gamechanger
    You seem to be living in a permanent “perfect storm” @woodbine. It’s a very popular phrase in your threads :)
    I know, but in fairness I can only remember using the phrase on two subjects and it's true in both cases  :)
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