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Decision details

Covid Local Support Grant - Free School Meals Extension to June 2021

Decision Maker: Leader of the Council

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


That the Leader :



  1. Approves the Council accepting a further Free School Meals support grant, now named the Covid Local Support Grant, of £490k until June 2021 from the Department for Work and Pensions;


  1. Approves the spending as detailed below:



Estimated Number



Continue with existing cohort over May (1 week)



Total Costs £15 x 31,500 (Max funding required)



  1. Approves payments being made to third party providers if / where needed in accordance with the scheme;


4.    Approves the cohort for FSM being replicated for all families in this cohort and approves food vouchers being provided to these families in the school holidays;


5.    Approves the additional cohorts of CIN, MAST and Early Years and agrees to providing the same vouchers to them;


6.    Delegates authority to the Executive Director of People Services in consultation with the appropriate Cabinet Member nominated by the Leader to approve the final scheme eligibility criteria; and


7.    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 take any other decisions necessary in order to meet the aims, objectives and outcomes of this report which are not already covered by existing delegations in the Leaders Scheme of Delegation.    


Reasons for the decision:

The scheme provides discretion to LAs to fund FSM provision for all eligible children if this is considered a local priority so while not designed to replicate the FSM provision, the local discretion means we can do this.


Publication date: 28/04/2021

Date of decision: 27/04/2021