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Decision details

Household Support Fund Grant - Food Vouchers

Decision Maker: Leader of the Council

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No

Purpose:

To provide £15 food vouchers to approximately 29,500 eligible families for the October 2021 half-term holidays, using existing supplier Edenred.

 

Decision:

That the Leader of the Council:

 

  1. Accepts Household Support Fund grand funding of £5.2m.

 

  1. Approves spend of £442.5k for the purpose of providing free school meal vouchers to those eligible for free school meals, as detailed within this report.

 

  1. Notes that SCC need to produce a delivery plan to be submitted to DWP on how we plan to spend the HSF by 29th October 2021.

 

4.    Delegates authority to the Executive Director of People Services, in consultation with the Director of Finance and Commercial Services and the Director of Legal and Governance to implement the delivery plan and take such decisions necessary to meet the aims, objectives of the plan and this report which are not already covered by existing delegations in the Leaders Scheme of Delegation.   

Reasons for the decision:

We have received additional grant from the central government to continue to support vulnerable families over the next six months.

 

Providing school meals vouchers to eligible children and young people during the half-term will support the wellbeing of families and carers by ensuring they are able to provide a lunch time meal and that children and young people receive adequate food which is an essential component of good health.

 

Alternative options considered:

None

Publication date: 15/10/2021

Date of decision: 14/10/2021

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