Decision details

Here to Help - Progress Update

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


The report provides a progress update on the range of support, initiatives, and signposting for residents who are impacted by cost of living pressures




“As a county council, we want to do everything we can to support people to lead happy and independent lives but recognise too that some residents also may need a little extra hand to help with increasing costs over the colder months. 


Our Holiday Activity & Food programme has, for example, already supported 199,000 free sessions for eligible children and our Here to Help campaign has signposted people to the wider financial and community support they may benefit from. 


We have worked collaboratively with our partners across all the district and borough councils to ensure we can work together to make sure we target people who may need the help and will continue to do so over the winter and spring months.”  


Victoria Wilson, Cabinet Member for Communities and Culture 


Reasons for the Decision To consider a progress update on the range of support, initiatives and signposting activities which have been undertaken by the County Council to enable our residents to manage cost of living pressures over the last 12 months. 


Decision – (a) That how the County Council has supported Staffordshire residents to manage cost-of-living pressures be noted. 


(b) That the proposed next steps, as set out in paragraph 19 of the report, be agreed. 


(c) That the continued delivery of the County Council’s Strategic Plan through investment in early years provision, education, skills, training and by attracting first class businesses to the county, while supporting existing businesses to thrive and prosper, which will support the long-term prosperity of Staffordshire residents, be noted and supported. 

Report author: Mike Smith

Publication date: 18/01/2024

Date of decision: 17/01/2024

Decided at meeting: 17/01/2024 - Cabinet

Effective from: 24/01/2024

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