York Financial Assistance Scheme pays out £89k in emergency grants

York Press: Coun Dafydd Williams, who said a greater level of financial and benefit advice was also being looked at Coun Dafydd Williams, who said a greater level of financial and benefit advice was also being looked at

ALMOST 50 struggling York residents a week approached an emergency grant scheme for help in its the first seven months, new figures have revealed.

The York Financial Assistance Scheme (YFAS) was launched at the start of April to support the city’s most vulnerable residents.

A report to go before City of York Council’s cabinet next week said £89,154 had been paid out by the end of October, with 1,484 applications received.

The written report said 561 of these applications did not qualify for help, but 544 emergency grants – a last-resort option for residents who have incurred unexpected costs – and 122 community grants, helping people live independently, were agreed.

Of the money spent, £25,951.35 was for daily living allowances such as buying food, £34,220.06 was for “white” goods such as cookers, washing machines and fridges and £15,687.40 was for furniture.

More than two-thirds of applications were from single residents and 34 per cent from people who said their benefit payments had been delayed.

The scheme – initially funded by the Department of Work and Pensions – replaced Community Care Grants and crisis loans and was introduced as welfare changes came into force.

The council is providing £200,000 up to the end of 2014/15. All but 12 per cent of applications came from York’s most deprived communities and by mid-September 17 residents had appealed for help three times or more.

The council said the review identified areas where YFAS could be improved, including making eligibility criteria and the reasons for refusing a grant clearer.

Cabinet members will be asked to agree improvements to the scheme.

Coun Dafydd Williams, cabinet member for finance, performance and customer services, said: “Creating a scheme specific to York residents’ needs has allowed us to be more focused and efficient in delivering assistance to those who need it most.

“An improvement on the old service is exactly what we were hoping for, although there are always improvements to be made.

“After speaking to staff and residents, we are particularly looking to address the provision of a greater level of financial and benefits advice to residents.”

Grants are based on eligibility criteria and individual circumstances, and those applying must be receiving means-tested benefits.

The review found 84 per cent of recipients felt the grants met their needs.

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10:29am Tue 31 Dec 13

smudge2 says...

Does a 42 smart tv and an iPhone 5 mobile phone contract and sky package count as emergency help or is it just for alcohol and cigarettes and other essentials ???
Does a 42 smart tv and an iPhone 5 mobile phone contract and sky package count as emergency help or is it just for alcohol and cigarettes and other essentials ??? smudge2

11:21am Tue 31 Dec 13

CHISSY1 says...

smudge2 wrote:
Does a 42 smart tv and an iPhone 5 mobile phone contract and sky package count as emergency help or is it just for alcohol and cigarettes and other essentials ???
You forgot to mention the designer trainers an the and those disgusting trackie bottoms.
[quote][p][bold]smudge2[/bold] wrote: Does a 42 smart tv and an iPhone 5 mobile phone contract and sky package count as emergency help or is it just for alcohol and cigarettes and other essentials ???[/p][/quote]You forgot to mention the designer trainers an the and those disgusting trackie bottoms. CHISSY1

11:39am Tue 31 Dec 13

Zetkin says...

CHISSY1 wrote:
smudge2 wrote: Does a 42 smart tv and an iPhone 5 mobile phone contract and sky package count as emergency help or is it just for alcohol and cigarettes and other essentials ???
You forgot to mention the designer trainers an the and those disgusting trackie bottoms.
I hope you two never find yourself in such dire straits that you have to go cap-in-hand to the council begging for a few quid to put food on your tables.

It's so easy to sneer at people in desperate circumstances isn't it? It could be quite a shock if you find yourselves on the receiving end of such unpleasant and unjustified remarks.

Happy New Year.
[quote][p][bold]CHISSY1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]smudge2[/bold] wrote: Does a 42 smart tv and an iPhone 5 mobile phone contract and sky package count as emergency help or is it just for alcohol and cigarettes and other essentials ???[/p][/quote]You forgot to mention the designer trainers an the and those disgusting trackie bottoms.[/p][/quote]I hope you two never find yourself in such dire straits that you have to go cap-in-hand to the council begging for a few quid to put food on your tables. It's so easy to sneer at people in desperate circumstances isn't it? It could be quite a shock if you find yourselves on the receiving end of such unpleasant and unjustified remarks. Happy New Year. Zetkin

12:06pm Tue 31 Dec 13

Blythespirit says...

smudge2 wrote:
Does a 42 smart tv and an iPhone 5 mobile phone contract and sky package count as emergency help or is it just for alcohol and cigarettes and other essentials ???
You really are predictable and boring...
[quote][p][bold]smudge2[/bold] wrote: Does a 42 smart tv and an iPhone 5 mobile phone contract and sky package count as emergency help or is it just for alcohol and cigarettes and other essentials ???[/p][/quote]You really are predictable and boring... Blythespirit

12:07pm Tue 31 Dec 13

Blythespirit says...

CHISSY1 wrote:
smudge2 wrote:
Does a 42 smart tv and an iPhone 5 mobile phone contract and sky package count as emergency help or is it just for alcohol and cigarettes and other essentials ???
You forgot to mention the designer trainers an the and those disgusting trackie bottoms.
Stereotyping again eh? Change the record...
[quote][p][bold]CHISSY1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]smudge2[/bold] wrote: Does a 42 smart tv and an iPhone 5 mobile phone contract and sky package count as emergency help or is it just for alcohol and cigarettes and other essentials ???[/p][/quote]You forgot to mention the designer trainers an the and those disgusting trackie bottoms.[/p][/quote]Stereotyping again eh? Change the record... Blythespirit

12:47pm Tue 31 Dec 13

CHISSY1 says...

Blythespirit wrote:
CHISSY1 wrote:
smudge2 wrote:
Does a 42 smart tv and an iPhone 5 mobile phone contract and sky package count as emergency help or is it just for alcohol and cigarettes and other essentials ???
You forgot to mention the designer trainers an the and those disgusting trackie bottoms.
Stereotyping again eh? Change the record...
Hit a raw nerve me thinks.
[quote][p][bold]Blythespirit[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CHISSY1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]smudge2[/bold] wrote: Does a 42 smart tv and an iPhone 5 mobile phone contract and sky package count as emergency help or is it just for alcohol and cigarettes and other essentials ???[/p][/quote]You forgot to mention the designer trainers an the and those disgusting trackie bottoms.[/p][/quote]Stereotyping again eh? Change the record...[/p][/quote]Hit a raw nerve me thinks. CHISSY1

1:27pm Tue 31 Dec 13

Pedro says...

The DM is the most profitable newspaper in the UK. The posts here reflect this.
The DM is the most profitable newspaper in the UK. The posts here reflect this. Pedro

5:02pm Tue 31 Dec 13

Realistic ycfc says...

Chissy your comments are:

Cruel and nasty
Unnecessary
Never nice
Tasteless

Happy new year
Chissy your comments are: Cruel and nasty Unnecessary Never nice Tasteless Happy new year Realistic ycfc

7:53pm Tue 31 Dec 13

Blythespirit says...

CHISSY1 wrote:
Blythespirit wrote:
CHISSY1 wrote:
smudge2 wrote:
Does a 42 smart tv and an iPhone 5 mobile phone contract and sky package count as emergency help or is it just for alcohol and cigarettes and other essentials ???
You forgot to mention the designer trainers an the and those disgusting trackie bottoms.
Stereotyping again eh? Change the record...
Hit a raw nerve me thinks.
Don't flatter yourself dear...
[quote][p][bold]CHISSY1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Blythespirit[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CHISSY1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]smudge2[/bold] wrote: Does a 42 smart tv and an iPhone 5 mobile phone contract and sky package count as emergency help or is it just for alcohol and cigarettes and other essentials ???[/p][/quote]You forgot to mention the designer trainers an the and those disgusting trackie bottoms.[/p][/quote]Stereotyping again eh? Change the record...[/p][/quote]Hit a raw nerve me thinks.[/p][/quote]Don't flatter yourself dear... Blythespirit

7:56pm Tue 31 Dec 13

CHISSY1 says...

Realistic ycfc wrote:
Chissy your comments are:

Cruel and nasty
Unnecessary
Never nice
Tasteless

Happy new year
No,i say it as it is.
[quote][p][bold]Realistic ycfc[/bold] wrote: Chissy your comments are: Cruel and nasty Unnecessary Never nice Tasteless Happy new year[/p][/quote]No,i say it as it is. CHISSY1

8:25pm Tue 31 Dec 13

smudge2 says...

Your not wrong with that statement Chissy.If only other people told it as it is and we're more honest the country would be a better place.
Your not wrong with that statement Chissy.If only other people told it as it is and we're more honest the country would be a better place. smudge2

8:50pm Tue 31 Dec 13

oi oi savaloy says...

The G in G.B. doesn't mean great anymore, the loony lefties like Dafty Williams have turned the g into meaning Gullible Britain, a Britain that swallows these stupid sob stories of poverty from families who cant get their spending priorities right, the money goes on ciggies, booze, iPhone contracts, cable t.v. and the latest tracksuit and trainers and when its all gone they go pleading poverty to gullible naïve lefties who swallow the sob story!

I thought I paid my council tax for services? not to fund the bone idle spongers life of luxury!

click away on the thumbs down oh naïve loons!

happy new year to you
The G in G.B. doesn't mean great anymore, the loony lefties like Dafty Williams have turned the g into meaning Gullible Britain, a Britain that swallows these stupid sob stories of poverty from families who cant get their spending priorities right, the money goes on ciggies, booze, iPhone contracts, cable t.v. and the latest tracksuit and trainers and when its all gone they go pleading poverty to gullible naïve lefties who swallow the sob story! I thought I paid my council tax for services? not to fund the bone idle spongers life of luxury! click away on the thumbs down oh naïve loons! happy new year to you oi oi savaloy

9:14pm Tue 31 Dec 13

smudge2 says...

oi oi savaloy wrote:
The G in G.B. doesn't mean great anymore, the loony lefties like Dafty Williams have turned the g into meaning Gullible Britain, a Britain that swallows these stupid sob stories of poverty from families who cant get their spending priorities right, the money goes on ciggies, booze, iPhone contracts, cable t.v. and the latest tracksuit and trainers and when its all gone they go pleading poverty to gullible naïve lefties who swallow the sob story!

I thought I paid my council tax for services? not to fund the bone idle spongers life of luxury!

click away on the thumbs down oh naïve loons!

happy new year to you
Spoken like a true genuine GB citizen.....Well stepped forward.
[quote][p][bold]oi oi savaloy[/bold] wrote: The G in G.B. doesn't mean great anymore, the loony lefties like Dafty Williams have turned the g into meaning Gullible Britain, a Britain that swallows these stupid sob stories of poverty from families who cant get their spending priorities right, the money goes on ciggies, booze, iPhone contracts, cable t.v. and the latest tracksuit and trainers and when its all gone they go pleading poverty to gullible naïve lefties who swallow the sob story! I thought I paid my council tax for services? not to fund the bone idle spongers life of luxury! click away on the thumbs down oh naïve loons! happy new year to you[/p][/quote]Spoken like a true genuine GB citizen.....Well stepped forward. smudge2

10:42pm Tue 31 Dec 13

Realistic ycfc says...

oi oi savaloy wrote:
The G in G.B. doesn't mean great anymore, the loony lefties like Dafty Williams have turned the g into meaning Gullible Britain, a Britain that swallows these stupid sob stories of poverty from families who cant get their spending priorities right, the money goes on ciggies, booze, iPhone contracts, cable t.v. and the latest tracksuit and trainers and when its all gone they go pleading poverty to gullible naïve lefties who swallow the sob story!

I thought I paid my council tax for services? not to fund the bone idle spongers life of luxury!

click away on the thumbs down oh naïve loons!

happy new year to you
Are you really that single minded that you believe everybody is on the scrounge? This may come as a surprise to you but not everybody is like that, yes you have the small minority of society that abuse the system to fund a lifestyle of chav but there are a lot of parents out there that are trying to give their family's a better life and are relying on benefits to help them achieve this ie studying higher eduction, degrees etc but I guess you are one of them that whinges at the starving African children we see on tv by claiming it is not our problem
[quote][p][bold]oi oi savaloy[/bold] wrote: The G in G.B. doesn't mean great anymore, the loony lefties like Dafty Williams have turned the g into meaning Gullible Britain, a Britain that swallows these stupid sob stories of poverty from families who cant get their spending priorities right, the money goes on ciggies, booze, iPhone contracts, cable t.v. and the latest tracksuit and trainers and when its all gone they go pleading poverty to gullible naïve lefties who swallow the sob story! I thought I paid my council tax for services? not to fund the bone idle spongers life of luxury! click away on the thumbs down oh naïve loons! happy new year to you[/p][/quote]Are you really that single minded that you believe everybody is on the scrounge? This may come as a surprise to you but not everybody is like that, yes you have the small minority of society that abuse the system to fund a lifestyle of chav but there are a lot of parents out there that are trying to give their family's a better life and are relying on benefits to help them achieve this ie studying higher eduction, degrees etc but I guess you are one of them that whinges at the starving African children we see on tv by claiming it is not our problem Realistic ycfc

11:11pm Tue 31 Dec 13

smudge2 says...

Realistic ycfc wrote:
oi oi savaloy wrote:
The G in G.B. doesn't mean great anymore, the loony lefties like Dafty Williams have turned the g into meaning Gullible Britain, a Britain that swallows these stupid sob stories of poverty from families who cant get their spending priorities right, the money goes on ciggies, booze, iPhone contracts, cable t.v. and the latest tracksuit and trainers and when its all gone they go pleading poverty to gullible naïve lefties who swallow the sob story!

I thought I paid my council tax for services? not to fund the bone idle spongers life of luxury!

click away on the thumbs down oh naïve loons!

happy new year to you
Are you really that single minded that you believe everybody is on the scrounge? This may come as a surprise to you but not everybody is like that, yes you have the small minority of society that abuse the system to fund a lifestyle of chav but there are a lot of parents out there that are trying to give their family's a better life and are relying on benefits to help them achieve this ie studying higher eduction, degrees etc but I guess you are one of them that whinges at the starving African children we see on tv by claiming it is not our problem
First rule in life is look after yourself....if everybody was rich there would be no workers to keep them that way...
[quote][p][bold]Realistic ycfc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oi oi savaloy[/bold] wrote: The G in G.B. doesn't mean great anymore, the loony lefties like Dafty Williams have turned the g into meaning Gullible Britain, a Britain that swallows these stupid sob stories of poverty from families who cant get their spending priorities right, the money goes on ciggies, booze, iPhone contracts, cable t.v. and the latest tracksuit and trainers and when its all gone they go pleading poverty to gullible naïve lefties who swallow the sob story! I thought I paid my council tax for services? not to fund the bone idle spongers life of luxury! click away on the thumbs down oh naïve loons! happy new year to you[/p][/quote]Are you really that single minded that you believe everybody is on the scrounge? This may come as a surprise to you but not everybody is like that, yes you have the small minority of society that abuse the system to fund a lifestyle of chav but there are a lot of parents out there that are trying to give their family's a better life and are relying on benefits to help them achieve this ie studying higher eduction, degrees etc but I guess you are one of them that whinges at the starving African children we see on tv by claiming it is not our problem[/p][/quote]First rule in life is look after yourself....if everybody was rich there would be no workers to keep them that way... smudge2

4:47am Wed 1 Jan 14

anistasia says...

Just hope these people saying about scroungers never need the system the council would not give out help to just anyone checks will be made.its not buying drink, cigarettes
What's caused a lot of this fuel poverty high cost of living some can't get cheap credit so go to places that will take them on like wonga.the government could help by capping apr rates on loans and take the vat of fuel.
Just hope these people saying about scroungers never need the system the council would not give out help to just anyone checks will be made.its not buying drink, cigarettes What's caused a lot of this fuel poverty high cost of living some can't get cheap credit so go to places that will take them on like wonga.the government could help by capping apr rates on loans and take the vat of fuel. anistasia

8:39am Wed 1 Jan 14

smudge2 says...

anistasia wrote:
Just hope these people saying about scroungers never need the system the council would not give out help to just anyone checks will be made.its not buying drink, cigarettes
What's caused a lot of this fuel poverty high cost of living some can't get cheap credit so go to places that will take them on like wonga.the government could help by capping apr rates on loans and take the vat of fuel.
Everybody else is always to blame ??
[quote][p][bold]anistasia[/bold] wrote: Just hope these people saying about scroungers never need the system the council would not give out help to just anyone checks will be made.its not buying drink, cigarettes What's caused a lot of this fuel poverty high cost of living some can't get cheap credit so go to places that will take them on like wonga.the government could help by capping apr rates on loans and take the vat of fuel.[/p][/quote]Everybody else is always to blame ?? smudge2

8:40am Wed 1 Jan 14

CaroleBaines says...

Herefordshire council paid out £3000 of their £300k fund to the poor and spent £64,000 of it on administration (figs for last financial year). This is why councils sometimes drive me mad.
Herefordshire council paid out £3000 of their £300k fund to the poor and spent £64,000 of it on administration (figs for last financial year). This is why councils sometimes drive me mad. CaroleBaines

1:03pm Wed 1 Jan 14

oi oi savaloy says...

Realistic ycfc wrote:
oi oi savaloy wrote:
The G in G.B. doesn't mean great anymore, the loony lefties like Dafty Williams have turned the g into meaning Gullible Britain, a Britain that swallows these stupid sob stories of poverty from families who cant get their spending priorities right, the money goes on ciggies, booze, iPhone contracts, cable t.v. and the latest tracksuit and trainers and when its all gone they go pleading poverty to gullible naïve lefties who swallow the sob story!

I thought I paid my council tax for services? not to fund the bone idle spongers life of luxury!

click away on the thumbs down oh naïve loons!

happy new year to you
Are you really that single minded that you believe everybody is on the scrounge? This may come as a surprise to you but not everybody is like that, yes you have the small minority of society that abuse the system to fund a lifestyle of chav but there are a lot of parents out there that are trying to give their family's a better life and are relying on benefits to help them achieve this ie studying higher eduction, degrees etc but I guess you are one of them that whinges at the starving African children we see on tv by claiming it is not our problem
here we go again with a typical loony leftie response!

you don't know me , so don't try to judge me!

show me where in my comment that I said everybody on benefits is on the scrounge??

it may come as a surprise to you that I do know there are people on benefits struggling! it also may come as a surprise to you that there are people in employment struggling!!

you hit the nail on the head with the small minority who abuse the system! its that small minority that go knocking on dafties door, pleading poverty, its the same 50 people every week! I know of someone who went pleading poverty, saying couldn't feed the kiddy, they gave him £100 to get some food , that money went on "white" goods, not the type dafty refers to tho!

don't tell me about certain types of people trying to give children better life's, that child's story was a nightmare!

Also I have 2 children and have been made redundant 3 times, I made sure there was food on the table and a roof over their heads without having to go begging!!

and also you guessed right about the African children its not my problem, why should it be??
[quote][p][bold]Realistic ycfc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oi oi savaloy[/bold] wrote: The G in G.B. doesn't mean great anymore, the loony lefties like Dafty Williams have turned the g into meaning Gullible Britain, a Britain that swallows these stupid sob stories of poverty from families who cant get their spending priorities right, the money goes on ciggies, booze, iPhone contracts, cable t.v. and the latest tracksuit and trainers and when its all gone they go pleading poverty to gullible naïve lefties who swallow the sob story! I thought I paid my council tax for services? not to fund the bone idle spongers life of luxury! click away on the thumbs down oh naïve loons! happy new year to you[/p][/quote]Are you really that single minded that you believe everybody is on the scrounge? This may come as a surprise to you but not everybody is like that, yes you have the small minority of society that abuse the system to fund a lifestyle of chav but there are a lot of parents out there that are trying to give their family's a better life and are relying on benefits to help them achieve this ie studying higher eduction, degrees etc but I guess you are one of them that whinges at the starving African children we see on tv by claiming it is not our problem[/p][/quote]here we go again with a typical loony leftie response! you don't know me , so don't try to judge me! show me where in my comment that I said everybody on benefits is on the scrounge?? it may come as a surprise to you that I do know there are people on benefits struggling! it also may come as a surprise to you that there are people in employment struggling!! you hit the nail on the head with the small minority who abuse the system! its that small minority that go knocking on dafties door, pleading poverty, its the same 50 people every week! I know of someone who went pleading poverty, saying couldn't feed the kiddy, they gave him £100 to get some food , that money went on "white" goods, not the type dafty refers to tho! don't tell me about certain types of people trying to give children better life's, that child's story was a nightmare! Also I have 2 children and have been made redundant 3 times, I made sure there was food on the table and a roof over their heads without having to go begging!! and also you guessed right about the African children its not my problem, why should it be?? oi oi savaloy

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