This programme supports children and young people who are facing exceptionally difficult circumstances, and is delivered by Family Fund Business Services.  It provides items that meet a child’s most basic needs – such as a bed to sleep in, a cooker to provide a hot meal and other items or services critical to child’s wellbeing.



The programme can help:

  • Vulnerable children and young people up to the age of 18 who are experiencing a crisis or emergency.
  • UK or EU citizens who are normally resident in the UK.
  • (Discretion may be given where a child or young person, or their family, have an asylum application under assessment or in circumstances where residency criteria is not consistent across the family unit).

It is unable to help:

  • Adults aged 18 and over.
  • Those who do not meet income criteria as defined by the programme.
  • Those who are leaving care who have access to separate, specific statutory provision.
  • Children and young people who do not meet the residence criteria as defined by the programme.

Please read the Emergency Essentials Referrer Guidelines for more details.


How to apply

Applications must be completed by a registered referrer who is part of an organisation that is supporting the family or young person and capable of assessing their needs.  

  • Referrers need to sign up using an organisation email address (e.g. not and a name (e.g. not manager@...).  
  • Applications can be made for multiple children in the same family for goods up to the value of £300.
  • Turnaround is approximately 5 days and includes delivery and fitting.

To register click here.

Please sign up today and support young people and children through the Emergency Essentials Programme, this is for support at all levels of need, Universal, early help, children with an EHA or involved with statutory services. 

Download the flyer.

The statutory Order to establish the Combined Authority has now been laid in Parliament. Over the summer, this will follow a standard legal process with the expectation that the Combined Authority will come into being in late October. The election of the Elected Mayor will subsequently follow in May 2019.

In readiness for this, a number of work streams are being progressed as follows:

  • The preparation of a draft Constitution which will detail the governance procedures of the new Combined Authority
  • The development of the North of Tyne Combined Authority’s Vision within the context of the North East Strategic Economic Plan
  • The development of an Assurance Framework for approval by Government to release the agreed Investment Fund at the inception of the Combined Authority
  • The putting in place of the various operational processes that will allow the Combined Authority to function effectively from its inception

With regard to the delivery of the thematic areas within the devolution deal, the focus is very much on mobilising activity and prioritising those areas of work that have specific deadlines associated with them.

For more information, read a stakeholder update letter from Jackie Laughton, Head of Corporate Strategy North Tyneside Council (on behalf of North of Tyne)

Thank you to all those who have already voted.   

We have had five nominations for the four places available for general representatives on the Committee, and so we’d now like to ask members to vote for the four people who they think would best represent them.

Nominations for the four geographical areas of the county, health and social care (2 places) and youth have been elected unopposed. Anne Lyall, Chief Executive Officer of NCVA - holder of the Commission - is also on the Executive Committee.

Download the list of nominees
Download the voting form

Please note, only members of the Assembly are entitled to vote.  If you are not sure if you are a member, please contact Ann Atkinson: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01670 858688.

The deadline for voting is Tuesday 31st July 2018

The Chancellor has announced that organisations which secure funding through EU programmes up until the end of 2020 – including the ESF – will be guaranteed by the UK government even in a no deal scenario.
As you know, the government previously committed to protect projects that secured funding before exit day. The announcement means successful bids for EU funding until the end of 2020 will receive their full financial allocation and will continue to receive funding over the project’s lifetime. This provides much needed certainty for those delivering ESF projects.
The government’s updated guidance is here: European Structural and Investment Funds programme guidance.
A Written Ministerial Statement has also been published.  Read it here.

A consultation on a new Local Plan for the whole of Northumberland opened on 4th July.  Residents, businesses, community and voluntary groups, town and parish town councils, and anyone with an interest in the future of Northumberland will be able to have their say.
Public consultation on this full draft plan will run for six weeks - up to Wednesday 15 August.
In order to provide maximum opportunity for people to find out more, and ask questions about the plan, the council has arranged 23 drop-in events at community venues right across the county.
The Local Plan includes all of the main planning policies for the county, and maps out where new homes will be built, new jobs created and new services provided.  The full draft plan, including an interactive map and details on how to respond, is available on the council’s website   You can also view copies of the plan in libraries, customer information centres and council offices.
If you have queries you can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0345 600 6400