On, 19 June 2021 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) and other essentials. The aim is to give vulnerable households and families with children particularly affected by the pandemic where alternative sources of assistance may be unavailable.
Due to the limited nature of the funding available, East Riding of Yorkshire Council opened a time limited application process until, 31 August 2021
Who can claim this funding?
Eligible households must meet all of the qualifying criteria, as follows:
- Must be an East Riding resident and of working age
- Must be responsible for a child, the definition of a child is any person:
- who will be under the age of 19 as at 30 September 2021; or
- a person aged 19 or over in respect of whom a child-related benefit (for example, Child Benefit);
- Be in receipt of council tax support from 17 April 2021 and not have a child registered for free school meals
- Made a new claim and be in receipt of Universal Credit from 17 April 2021 and not be eligible for free school meal
- Households income has been impacted by Covid-19, such as loss of job/reduced hours/furloughed AND have had a reduction in income AND have capital of less than £2,000 AND be responsible for rent/mortgage payments and utility bills.
- 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
- 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
Are there any exclusions which apply?
Applications from the following will not be accepted:
- 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
- Applicants of pensionable age
- A person who is eligible for free school meals
- An applicant who is asked to self-isolate and entitled to the Test & Trace payment
How much will I receive?
The following payments will be made:
| || Grant Awarded per child or individual (Food) || Grant Awarded per household (Fuel) |
| Award Amount (£) || £60.00 (Capped at a maximum of £300 per household || £30.00 |
The Council will not award grants where funds are no longer available to do so. Payments will be made once per week, please do not chase any applications as this could delay payment.
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 through the specified application process hosted on the Council’s website by 31 August 2021. Where the applicant is unable to submit an online application, telephone applications can be made through the Councils benefits contact team by 31 August 2021.
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 where they do not have a verified council tax support claim
- All applicants must provide a bank statement to verify their bank details for payment, unless the bank account can be verified through a current housing benefit claim
- Where an individual is applying based on their earned income, they must provide their last wage slip or latest self-employed account if requested
- Where an application has a care package in place the Council will verify this with the Council’s Assessment and Payments team.
- Where an applicant 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
- Where an individual is applying based on being furloughed, they must provide evidence to support this if requested.
Apply for a Covid Local Support Grant
Are there any terms and conditions that apply?
All applicants must comply with the terms and conditions detailed below:
- East Riding of Yorkshire Council, in the operation of this scheme, reserves the right to request any evidence, explanation or proofs that it deems necessary and reasonable, in order to properly assess an applicant’s entitlement to a grant award. This condition applies at any time during or after the application process.
- In order to monitor the outcomes and effectiveness of the scheme, East Riding of Yorkshire Council reserves the right to request any evidence, explanation or proofs that it deems necessary or reasonable. This is to satisfy the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) requirement that all grant recipients may be required to provide, on demand, all evidence and proofs to DWP as DWP deems necessary. These conditions apply during and after the application process.
- If an applicant fails to satisfy all reasonable requests, made by the Council, the Council reserves the right to either not pay an award, or request the repayment of an award already paid.
- Any refusal to cooperate with the Council for the purposes of the functions of Section D of this scheme (this section) will result in the rejection of the application and any grant payments already made, will be recalled.
How will the council prevent fraud?
The Council reserves the right to undertake any checks it considers necessary to prevent fraudulent payments of grants.
Payments of the grant will be a one-off lump sum per household and will only be made direct into a UK bank. Any bank details supplied will be subject to anti-fraud measures. Payments will only be made into accounts that are in the name of the applicant.
The Council will not accept any deliberate manipulation, misrepresentation or fraud. Any business caught falsifying their records to gain grant monies will face prosecution and any grant funding issued will be clawed back. Grants paid in error will also be subject to claw back.
Is there an appeals process?
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.