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£1 million to help York residents with living costs

Published Tuesday, 10 May 2022

Over £1 million of financial support has been agreed to be paid to households struggling with the unprecedented rise in the cost of living.

The council has secured over £1 million for the city’s Household Support Fund from the Government. Payments will be made directly to qualifying residents that meet the criteria of the scheme. Qualifying residents will be invited to complete a simple application form. Payments will be made in July and will include families with children which are claiming Council Tax Support (CTS), recipients of Personal Independence Payments and Disabled Living Allowance at the higher rate, and pensioners claiming CTS.

This follows the financial support provided through the York Financial Support Scheme (YFAS) as well as the distribution of fuel vouchers and provision of Free School Meals during Easter break from the funding allocated as part of this year’s budget.

There will also be a discretionary application process available for any resident who requires support and which will be available until the end of September. Any York resident can apply for this support, whether or not they have children, are single or in a couple, or already receive any benefits. Any resident who does not qualify will be signposted to other support as appropriate.

Cllr Nigel Ayre, Executive Member for Finance and Performance at City of York Council, said:

Together with our partners in the community and voluntary sector, we are doing all we can to support residents in the greatest need.

"This is clearly a very challenging time for so many so it’s crucial to ensure all is done to ease the burden of the cost of living crisis. This extra funding from the Government is very welcome and will mean that we can provide more help on top of the local fuel voucher and food voucher schemes, which have been crucial to so many.”

Cllr Denise Craghill, Executive Member for Housing and Safer Neighbourhoods and with portfolio for financial inclusion, said:

This funding aims to support those struggling with energy and water bills, the cost of food and other urgent essentials.

"It is the fourth such scheme since December 2020. Whilst these repeated short-term funding schemes channelled through local councils puts a lot of extra pressure on our staff, they are working very successfully with local partners to get the much-needed funds out quickly and to make sure available funding goes as far as possible.”

The funding was agreed at the Decision Session for the Executive Member for Performance and Finance on Monday 9 May.