Agenda and minutes

Corporate Policy and Performance Board
Tuesday, 25th January, 2022 6.30 p.m.

Venue: Council Chamber, Runcorn Town Hall. View directions

Contact: Gill Ferguson on 0151 511 8059 or Email: gill.ferguson@halton.gov.uk 

Items
No. Item

26.

MINUTES pdf icon PDF 94 KB

Minutes:

            The Minutes from the meeting held on 2 November 2021 were taken as read and signed as a correct record.

27.

PUBLIC QUESTION TIME pdf icon PDF 67 KB

Minutes:

            The Board was advised that no public questions had been received.

28.

EXECUTIVE BOARD MINUTES pdf icon PDF 51 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Board was presented with the Minutes relating to the Corporate Services Portfolio which had been considered by the Executive Board since the last meeting of this Board.

 

            RESOLVED: That the Minutes be noted.

29.

Discretionary Support Scheme Topic Group pdf icon PDF 219 KB

Minutes:

            The Board considered a report of the Strategic Director – Enterprise, Community and Resources, which provided details of the work of the Discretionary Support Scheme Topic Group. The Group had met on 15 December 2021 and reviewed the current eligibility criteria for the Discretionary Support Scheme for the following areas:

 

·         Applicant eligibility criteria;

·         Needs which were not covered by the Scheme;

·         Applicants not eligible for awards;

·         Items currently awarded under the Scheme; and

·         Items awarded under the Scheme which have been temporarily relaxed given the availability of Covid Household Support grant funding.

 

            Following a review of the areas, the Topic Group recommended the following changes to the Scheme Policy Document:

 

·         Section 8 – to provide for school meals where a decision was awaited following an application for free school meals; and

·         Section 8 to exclude applications for non-emergency home repairs and improvements.

 

It was also agreed by the Topic Group to continue with claimants not being eligible for awards where benefit claims had been disqualified, disallowed or sanctioned.

 

RESOLVED: That

 

1)    the Topic Group’s review of the Discretionary Support Scheme be noted;

 

2)    the criteria used to make awards under the scheme be amended as proposed in the report; and

 

3)    the Strategic Director – Enterprise, Community and Resources be recommended to exercise his delegated authority from Executive Board in liaison with the Executive Board Member – Corporate Services, with regard to recommendation (2).