Boost Sought For Scheme To Support Vulnerable York Residents
8:40am 7th January 2014
City of York Cabinet members will consider a review of the York Financial Assistance Scheme (YFAS) and proposals to increase the council’s funding for the scheme by £200,000 over the next two years, at a meeting today (7 January 2014).
City of York Council say that YFAS was created on 1st April 2013 to support York’s most vulnerable residents, with the intention of replacing the old government Community Care Grants and crisis loan schemes. They add that the scheme provides a package of support for residents which meets the specific needs of the community, provides advice and directs residents to further sources of support.
The council say the scheme was initially funded by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) which enabled the council to leverage further internal and external funding.
Cllr Dafydd Williams, Cabinet member for Finance, Performance & Customer Services commented: “If cabinet agree this proposal, it will mean further much needed support for our most vulnerable residents. Consolidating the two original systems into one and taking the reigns from DWP have allowed us to be more focussed and efficient in delivering assistance to those who need it most. In looking at evidence gathered over the last six months, the scheme has been able to support over 1000 residents, with 85% of them being happy with grant provided, and an overwhelming majority finding the initial application process easy.
“An improvement on the old service is exactly what we were hoping for, although we realise that there are always improvements to be made. After speaking to staff and residents, we have noted that there is a desire for a greater level of financial advice from the council to the beneficiaries of the system, something this proposal will address.”
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