Rhondda Cynon Taf’s cabinet will consider proposals next week for the Council to provide block funding of £2.89m, to further support families and local residents who may be affected by the cost of living crisis. life.
A report to Cabinet at their meeting on Tuesday, September 6, provide details of a proposed local additional (discretionary) cost-of-living support program. The report proposes four specific areas of support under the program, along with implementation modalities and timelines, and if agreed, the program will be implemented by Council staff.
The proposed scheme would be on top of the £150 cost of living payment and additional discretionary support funded by the Welsh Government and provided by the Council earlier this year, and would also be on top of the Government’s fuel support scheme Welsh which is to be delivered. by the Board in the fall of 2022. The new Board regime offers:
- A payment to families with one or more children of compulsory school age – a a payment of £75 will be made (one payment per family, not per child) to eligible families who live in Rhondda Cynon Taf. Eligibility includes families with home-schooled children and families with one child or children who attend a school outside of Rhondda Cynon Taf but live in the county borough. Around 22,000 families will qualify for this element of the scheme, at a cost of £1.65million.
- Support for food banks – a £50,000 support package provided to local food banks and food support grants.
- Support for lower paid Council staff – all employees in grades 1 to 6 will receive a single alimony supplement to their salary. This would be a payment of £125 per employee, with 5,800 eligible employees. The cost of this element of the scheme would be £940,000.
- A local cost of living fund – Resources would be set aside to create a £250,000 discretionary fund for residents who are experiencing extreme financial hardship as a direct result of the cost of living crisis. Council officers would develop appropriate eligibility criteria for the Fund and this would be communicated by the Council on its website from October 2022.
Further details on the family payment and support for lower-paid Council staff are included in Tuesday’s Cabinet report, and are also detailed at the end of this update.
The overall cost of the proposed scheme is £2.89 million and would be funded from the remaining balance of Welsh Government funding allocated to the Council to provide previous cost of living payments and the Discretionary Support Scheme (it’ i.e. £900,000). This will be complemented by £1.99m of one-time Council resources which have already been identified and set aside.
Councilor Andrew Morgan, Head of Council Rhondda Cynon Taf, said: “This local supplemental cost of living support program aims to help residents and families who will be hardest hit by the cost of living crisis. This is an additional discretionary measure to support families in light of the already seen rise in the cost of fuel, food and energy – with further huge increases in gas and electricity prices coming in October.
“The Council has already played a key role in facilitating £150 cost of living payments from the Welsh Government and further support this year – making 117,000 payments totaling over £15.2 million. The Council will also distribute Fuel Support Scheme payments this autumn on behalf of the Welsh Government, and it is important to note that the new £2.89million Cost of Living Support Scheme being considered by Cabinet on Tuesday adds to this existing support.
“There are four main elements to the support offered by the Council – providing payments of £75 to families with a school-age child or children, a support package of £50,000 for food banks which continue to provide invaluable aid to residents, a £250,000 hardship fund to support those in extreme financial hardship due to the cost of living crisis, and a £125 payment to Council’s lowest paid staff. These employees continue to provide valuable public services through roles such as garbage collection, garbage collection, home care and social services, cooks, cleaners, and school patrols.
“The current cost-of-living crisis is causing significant hardship for many families and residents, and the Council is committed to assisting in any way it can by flagging and distributing available external support – as well as providing its If Cabinet members agree on Tuesday, the Council’s new cost-of-living support program will be brought forward and implemented as soon as possible.
Further information on eligibility is included below:
- A payment to families with one or more children of compulsory school age – the compulsory school age will be determined at the beginning of the school term beginning in September 2022. A child begins to be of compulsory school age the term following his fifth birthday and until the age of 16 (thus born between the September 1, 2006 and August 31, 2017). Payment will not affect any benefits, for example, Universal Credit. Families who have already received a family payment and who remain eligible will automatically receive the new payment. Families who become eligible for the first time from September 2022 will receive a letter explaining how to apply.
- Support for lower paid Council staff – the £125 payment will be made on October payroll and classed as income.