Tuesday 24 May 2022

EAST RIDING Council has launched its Household Support Fund, a grant scheme to support those most in need with the rise in energy bills and food. The fund will target and prioritise pensioners in receipt of council tax support and disability-related benefit and other households in receipt of council tax support. 

The fund will target and prioritise support for the following:

  • Pensioners who are in receipt of council tax support and in receipt of a disability-related benefit
  • Other households in receipt of council tax support that have a high barrier to work, which includes those in receipt of disability-related benefits, carers, and lone parents with children under five. This list is not exhaustive and households may have to meet two of the criteria depending on their circumstances

The amount households receive will vary depending on their situation. More information can be found at https://www.eastriding.gov.uk/housing/housing-benefit-and-council-tax-support/household-support-fund/

The council will contact eligible households during May and June to advise them how much funding they will receive and how it will be paid to them.

Speaking about the Household Support Fund, Cllr John Holtby, the council’s portfolio holder for corporate service, revenues and benefits, said: “The council recognises the pressures many households are facing due to the rise in living costs, and are delighted to be able to provide support to households across the East Riding that are most in need. The grants will help residents with food, energy bills and other essentials.”

Any households that are experiencing financial difficulties, but do not meet the criteria for the Household Support Fund, may alternatively be entitled to support from the council’s emergency assistance scheme. More information and applications can be made at www.eastriding.gov.uk/living/emergency-assistance/ 

The council has a benefit eligibility checker which can be used by households to check for financial support that they may be entitled to http://www.eastriding.entitledto.co.uk

THE FORMER Laura Ashley shop in Toll Gavel is being refurbished to open as the latest venture by Sumo Pan Asian, the Beverley and Hessle-based restaurant business that recently won the title of best noodle takeaway on the BBC2 programme Britain’s Best Takeaway. Sojo by Sumo will offer Asian tapas dishes and cocktails.

HUMBERSIDE Police and Crime Commissioner Jonathan Evison has announced a new fund which will invest more than one million pounds into community projects across the next three years. The Community Safety Fund will offer grants toward the costs of crime reduction and community safety projects and provide support for victims of crime. 

It is designed to kick-start local projects that will cut crime and anti-social behaviour and improve residents’ feelings of safety.

The fund can provide grants of between £500 and £35,000 and is open to non-profit organisations, charities, community groups and social enterprises together with Town and Parish Councils. Examples of projects could include:

  • Measures to improve the safety of outdoor public spaces, community buildings or assets.
  • Activities and support for groups of people who may be particularly at risk of becoming victimsof crime, or have previously been victims.
  • Activities and support for groups of people who may be at risk of being drawn into criminal behaviour.
  • Community events and activities with a focus on crime and safety issues.

The first round of funding is open until the end of June 2022 with the second round closing at the end of September. A total of £1.1m has been allocated to the fund until March 2025.

Police and Crime Commissioner Jonathan Evison said: “An important part of my role is to work with residents and businesses to make our area a safer place to live and work. For that to happen successfully it needs communities to play their part and work with the police, councils and other authorities to make a difference and find solutions to change things for the better.

“There are many excellent examples of community initiatives which are doing just that and it’s something I want to see more of, which is why I have launched this new fund to help local organisations. I’m lookingforward to receiving applications so we can work together to cut crime and anti-social behaviour and make our neighbourhoods safer.”

Visit www.humberside-pcc.gov.uk/Community for more information on the Community Safety Fund