Issue details

Decision to award local organisations funding from the Household Support Fund to provide ‘warm spaces’ for families

Herefordshire Council has received an allocation of £1,329,601.78 from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) under the Household Support Fund.
The DWP guidance states that the ‘Household Support Fund must support those most in need. There may be groups that are vulnerable to rising prices, for example, large families or single income families. The fund in intended to cover a wide range of low income households including families with children of all ages’.

The ‘Warm Spaces’ offer currently in place has limited access for families, due to their operational times. By providing additional funding from the Household Support Fund this will enable voluntary and community organisations to open at times more accessible for families, particularly, weekends and evening.

Herefordshire Council will work with trusted partners, many of who are either existing ‘Warm Spaces’, ‘Talk Community Hubs’ or were part of the ‘Let’s Talk Children and Families Project’.

By utilising the funding from government, this will have a positive impact on low income families by providing them with an essential space to keep warm during the winter and helping to minimise the debt burden for those struggling to pay heating costs.

Decision type: Non-key

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Notice of proposed decision first published: 12/01/2023

Decision due: 9 January 2023 by Director of Resources and Assurance

Contact: Andrew Lovegrove, Director of Resources and Assurance Email: