Councillors in South Tyneside will next week be asked to continue to back the expansion of a scheme which offers emergency support to vulnerable residents facing crisis.
Members of the Cabinet will be told that the Local Welfare Provision Scheme provides support to enable people in crisis - such as those fleeing domestic violence or who have been affected by major flooding - to acquire essential household goods and food.
Under current policy there are a number of criteria which prevent an award from being made. However, Members will be asked to amend the scheme to provide greater flexibility and allow help to be provided to more residents.
Councillor Ed Malcolm, Lead Member for Resources and Innovation, said: "While this is not a statutory service and other councils have stopped their welfare schemes, we recognise that we have a duty to help people who find themselves in crisis as a result of an emergency or disaster. We also want to help vulnerable residents set up home or settle into the community.
"We have to apply criteria so that we can help those facing genuine hardship and this policy will provide a framework to allow us to do this."
Members of the Cabinet will be asked to endorse the changes to the policy at a meeting next Wednesday (20 March).