Issue - meetings
Draft Housing Assistance Policy
The Housing Standards Team Leader presented the report which sought approval from Council of the Housing Assistance Policy. The Policy set out the way in which the funding provided by the Better Care Fund for mandatory disabled facilities grant and discretionary assistance for improved collaboration with Health and Social care services was administered; along with the Councils own discretionary assistance.
He advised that further to writing the report it had become apparent that the repair or buying of furniture would also be useful to add to the Hospital Discharge Grant and this would include within Registered Social Landlord properties.
In response to questions he advised that going forward the majority of grant applications would go through an accelerated process and this meant applicants were not being means tested.
Public Sector Equality Duty
Members noted that consideration had been given to impacts under the Public Sector Equality Duty.
Resolved: That it be recommended to Cabinet to recommend to Council, to approve, subject to amendments to the Hospital Discharge Grant (HDG) to include ‘the repair or buying of furniture’ which would include within Registered Social Landlord properties, the proposed Housing Assistance Policy in order to ensure increased funding provided via the Better Care Fund is delivered to those who have not previously been able to obtain financial assistance; and to update the criteria for the Councils own discretionary financial assistance.