Decision details

Resident Support Fund

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes

Purpose:

Resident Support Fund to replace Local Welfare Assistance with wider eligibility, support and advice to residents including financial inclusion, employment support and development and digital inclusion.

The view being supporting residents with early intervention and prevention with financial stability and sustainability.

Decision:

Cabinet RESOLVED:

 

(1)      To agree to discontinue the current Local Welfare Assistance (LWA) scheme.

 

(2)     To approve the revision of the Resident Support Fund (RSF) to begin 1 April 2021 as set out in section 5 of the report.

 

(3)     To delegate to the Strategic Director for Customer and Digital Services, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Housing and Welfare Reform, authority to agree eligibility criteria for the new Resident Support Fund from 1 April 2021 to administer and award grants and loans.

 

(4)     To approve the continuation of an interest free loan arrangement as set out in section 7 of the report.

 

(5)     To approve payment to the Credit Union of such sums remaining in the Council Tax – Covid – 19 Hardship Fund 2020 – 21 and at such frequency as the Director of Finance considers appropriate from which Covid-19 Support Fund Loans will be made and delegate to the Director of Finance in consultation with the Director of Legal, HR, Audit and Investigations authority to finalise the terms of the investment.

 

(6)     To agree to transfer all remaining funds from the existing Local Welfare Scheme to the Resident Support Fund scheme.

Reason Key: Signficant expenditure/savings of £500k or more;

Wards Affected: (All Wards);

Contact: Asha Vyas, Head of Customer Access, Management (Customer Services) Email: asha.vyas@brent.gov.uk Tel: 020 8937 2705.

Report author: Asha Vyas

Publication date: 08/03/2021

Date of decision: 08/03/2021

Decided at meeting: 08/03/2021 - Cabinet

Effective from: 16/03/2021

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