To set out the proposals for distributing the
fourth phase of the HSF, provided by the DWP. It must be used
between 1 April 2023 and 31 March 2024.
RESOLVED that the Household Support Fund (phase four) be distributed through:
i. Purchasing supermarket vouchers, or for opted schools to make equivalent arrangements, for children qualifying for Free School Meals in Bracknell Forest primary and secondary schools. Households will receive a £15 voucher per child per week of the holidays.
ii. Purchasing pre-paid cards or supermarket vouchers to distribute to low income households receiving income-based council tax reduction or
housing benefit but not the benefits, such as universal credit, which would
iii. Enhancing the Local Welfare Scheme provision, allowing applications
from households in hardship who would not otherwise automatically
qualify for the support above.
iv. Provide application-based grants to the voluntary, community and faith
sector organisations to provide direct support to residents.
RESOLVED that the contract as per the strategic procurement plan (appendix A)
using the Crown Commercial Framework RM6248. This would provide the
required vouchers and payments set out in 2.1 of the report and the scope for further
purchases, should additional grant funding be allocated.