On 10 November 2020, the Government announced funding to East Riding of Yorkshire Council to support those most in need with the cost of food, energy (Heating, cooking, lighting), water bills (including sewerage).The aim is to give vulnerable households peace of mind in the run up to Christmas and over the Winter months during the pandemic, so children will be warm and well-fed this winter.
Due to the limited nature of the funding available, East Riding of Yorkshire Council will implement the Winter Grant Scheme as a discretionary scheme in a phased approach, until the one-off funding has been fully utilised.
Phase One of the application process was open from 7 December 2020 and closed on 20 December 2020. Payments for this period, are still being assessed due to a large volume of applications.
Phase two of the application process opened on 4 January 2021, and will close on 31 January 2021.
Please note: Phase two is for new applications only. If you were awarded a grant under phase one, you are not eligible to apply for another grant in phase two. If your application in phase one was refused, you are not eligible to reapply under phase two unless your circumstances have changed.
Who can claim this funding?
The following households are eligible to claim, but must meet all to the qualifying criteria as follows:
Households with Children
Eligible households must meet all of the qualifying criteria, as follows:
- Must be an East Riding resident
- Must not of received a grant in phase one of the scheme
- Must be responsible for a child, the definition of a child is any person:
- who will be under the age of 19 as at 31 March 2021, or
- aged 19 or over in respect of whom a child-related benefit (for example, Child Benefit) is paid or free school meals are provided.
- Be in receipt of a qualifying benefit which would entitle the child to free school meals:
- Job Seeker's Allowance (income-based)
- Income Support
- Universal Credit - Your annual income assessed by the Department for Work and Pension must be less than £7,400. Any pupil eligible for free school meals before 1 April 2018 when the earned income threshold is introduced will retain their eligibility until then end of universal credit roll-out which is March 2022
- Child Tax Credit (but NOT receiving Working Tax Credit) – provided your annual income, assessed by the Inland Revenue, does not exceed £16,190 (Please note: this amount is subject to change in April every year)
- Employment Support Allowance (income-related)
- Guarantee Element of State Pension Credit
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.
- Be in receipt of Universal Credit from 23 March 2020 onwards (new claims from this date), and have a total annual income between £7,400 and £16,000.
- Where an individual has no recourse to public funds they will only be eligible where there is a genuine care need, for example:
- there are community care needs
- they have serious health problems
- there is a risk to a child’s wellbeing
- and the household is in the process of applying for universal credit but are not yet in receipt of it.
Households with no children
- Must be an East Riding resident
- Must be responsible for mortgage, rent payments and utility payments
- Be a vulnerable adult(s) and be eligible for Adult Social Care, with a current care package in place and have had an increase in food and/or fuel since 23 March 2020.
- Be a care leaver and receiving support from the Council’s Pathways team and have had an increase in food and/or fuel since 23 March 2020.
- Be working or Self-Employed and have an annual household income of less than £13,600.
Are there any exclusions which apply?
The following exclusions apply to this scheme. Do not apply for a grant payment if any of the following apply:
- Residents not residing within East Riding of Yorkshire Council boundary
- If your child(ren) attend a an East Riding school but reside outside of the East Riding boundary
- Where a child spends time with a parent part of the week, it will be the person who receives child benefit for them that will be entitled to the grant
- A resident non-dependant adult/household will not be eligible for a grant
- If you have received a grant under phase one of the scheme
Fuel payments will not be made for the following:
- Where an applicant is eligible for a Winter Fuel Payment from the Department for Work and Pensions
- Where an applicant is in receipt of the Cold Weather Payment
How much will I receive?
Payments for food and fuel will be allocated based on the figures below
| Household ||Grant Awarded |
Per child or individual
|Grant Awarded |
|Grant Awarded |
|Award amount || £45.00 || £30.00 || Each application to be determine on need and funds available |
*Where an eligible person is in receipt of Winter Fuel Payment/Cold Weather payment they will not be entitled to the Fuel element of the grant
Where an application is made for other items such as sanitary products, warm clothing, soap, blankets, boiler service/repair, purchase of equipment including fridges, freezers, ovens, they will be assessed on an individual need basis. Amounts award are based on the Councils Emergency Assistance allocations. The Council will carry out an assessment of an applicant’s incomings and outgoings to determine if they are suffering hardship.
Where a child or individual is eligible for a grant, they will receive a payment for phase one to cover the period 1 December 2020 to 31 December 2020.
The Council will not award grants where funds are no longer available to do so. Applicants will have exhausted other options of applying to Charitable Trust for items first, such as Turn2Us.
How do I apply and what evidence do I need to provide?
All applications must be submitted online by 31 January 2021.
Apply for a Covid Winter Grant (Phase Two)
Only one application per household will be accepted:
- Applicants must provide their date of birth and National Insurance number to allow their identity to be checked.
- Applicants must provide evidence of their identity, such as passport, driving licence or bank statement
- All applicants must provide a bank statement to verify their bank details for payment
- Where an applicant is in receipt of a qualifying free school meal benefit, the council will verify their income using our secure link to the Department for Work and Pensions
- Where an individual is applying based on their earned income, they must provide their last wage slip or latest self-employed account
- Where an application has a care package in place the Council will verify this with the Council’s Assessment and Payments team.
- Where an application has a valid claim for council tax support or housing benefit, we will obtain consent from the application and verify evidence by way of their claim
How will I get paid?
Payment will be made by bank transfer into the name of the applicant. We aim to make payment within seven working days of receiving all relevant information.
Can I appeal against a decision?
There is no formal right of appeal if a grant application is not successful, however, the applicant may ask for their case to be reviewed, within 7 days of their decision.
All reviews will be undertaken by a senior officer who was not involved in making the original decision. This approach ensures the review is impartial, fair and consistent.
All applicants who have requested a reconsideration will be formally notified of the outcome.
Data Protection and anti-fraud measures
We will use your information to assess your application for a grant. We will confirm information about you and your account with credit referencing agencies. We will do this to ensure that the details you give are correct and that your identity is valid.
Where is it suspected that an applicant has obtained Emergency Assistance by misrepresentation or failure to disclose a material fact this will be investigated under East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Fraud Policy in line with the Theft Act 1968 sections 15, 15(a), 17 & 24(a) and Fraud Act 2006 sections 2,3,4,6 & 7.
If you provide false or inaccurate information, we will record this. We and other fraud prevention agencies may use and search these records to prevent fraud.
The Council and the Government will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud. Any individual caught falsifying their records to gain grant money will face prosecution and any funding issued will be subject to claw back.
To minimise the risk of fraudulent grant claims, the Council’s Fraud Investigation Team will carry out anti-fraud checks. We may use data provided by third parties in undertaking verification of claims. We will store this information electronically and will share it with other Council Officers who may be involved in considering your grant.
The Council is compliant with the Data Protection Act 2018 and is complaint with all its obligations under the General Data Protection Regulation.
All data collected will be stored in accordance with the law and will destroyed in-line with the Council’s data retention policy.