This report presented the Council’s Cost of Living Crisis Response Plan 2023-24, which set out activity in place across the Council to support Medway’s residents to mitigate some of the impact of the cost of living crisis. The Plan itself was attached in full at Appendix 1 to the report. The Leader thanked officers for ensuring this had been delivered within the first 100 days of the current administration.
The report also sought Cabinet approval to introduce new developments to enhance the Council’s work in this area, namely the Low Income Family Tracker (LIFT) and ReferKent, which were detailed in paragraphs 3.2 and 3.3 of the report.
The Cabinet approved the Cost of Living Crisis Response Plan 2023-2024 for Medway, as set out at Appendix 1 to the report.
The Cabinet approved the implementation of the Policy in Practice Low Income Family Tracker, as set out in Section 3.2 of the report.
The Cabinet approved the implementation of the ReferKent system for Medway as set out in Section 3.3 of this report.
Approving a Cost of Living Crisis Response Plan 2023-2024 for Medway will help to ensure residents are aware of and are encouraged to access all support and services available to help mitigate the cost of living crisis. Approval of the proposed enhancements to support available would help residents to access more support from Medway Council, the government and other local and national organisation.