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Holiday Activities and Food Programme 2021 - 2022 (HAF)

Meeting: 23/06/2021 - Cabinet (Item 7)

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Decision:

Cllr Stephen Davies, Cabinet Member for Children’s Safeguarding and Early Years, sought Cabinet approval for the allocation of £1,289,310 of Gloucestershire’s grant from the DFE for the Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme.

 

 

RESOLVED to:

 

Delegate authority to the Assistant Director for Integrated Children and Families Commissioning, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Children’s Safeguarding and Early Years to approve Option One - the allocation of £1,391,310 of Gloucestershire’s grant from the DFE for the Holiday and Activities Programme (HAF) as follows:

 

·         Allocate £990,893 by District, based on the number of children and young people registered Free School Meals (FSM) in grant to a District Lead, who will ensure the delivery of activities and food during the summer holiday 2021 and Christmas Holiday 2021 periods. Grants will be approved following the completion of an expression of interest and application form.

 

·         Allocate £247,113 to support the additional costs of delivering the HAF programme including: transport in rural areas, countywide activity providers, additional food to fill any gaps identified in the proposed provision. Grants will be approved following the completion of an application form.

 

·        Allocate £153,304 to fund a dedicated team HAF Team within the Children and Families Commissioning Hub to support delivery and management of the HAF Programme.



Allocate £1,391,310 from the Contain Outbreak Management Fund to the local Holiday Activities and Food Programme in order to extend the fund to a wider group of vulnerable children and families who would not otherwise be eligible, including young people aged 16 and over, children with additional needs and disadvantaged families from black, Asian and other minority ethnic communities.

 

Delegate authority to the Assistant Director for Integrated Children and Families Commissioning, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Children’s Safeguarding and Early Years to

 

·         Allocate match funding of £990,893 between the County’s six District Councils in proportion to the number of children eligible for free school meals within each District. This will take the form of a grant, payable on receipt of an expression of interest and application form, to enable them to provide or commission food and activities for this wider group of vulnerable children and families.  

 

·         Allocate a further £300,417 to support the additional costs of delivering the programme to wider vulnerable groups, including: transport in rural areas, countywide activity providers, additional targeted provision for more hard to reach groups unable to deliver large scale provision.  This will take the form of a grant pot payable to voluntary and community groups on receipt of a successful expression of interest.

 

·         Allocate £100,000 to expand the dedicated team HAF Team within the Children and Families Commissioning Hub to support delivery and management of the expanded HAF Programme.

 

Minutes:

Cllr Stephen Davies, Cabinet Member for Children’s Safeguarding and Early Years, sought Cabinet approval for the allocation of £1,289,310 of Gloucestershire’s grant from the DFE for the Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme.

 

Gloucestershire County Council was awarded a grant of £1,546,870 by the Department of Education on 8th February 2021, in order to fund the Holiday Activities and Food Programme during the period March 2021 – March 2022.

 

The terms of the HAF provided that £155,560 should be allocated by the council to provide activities and food for one week during the Easter Holiday 6th – 9th April 2021. This allocation was approved by an Individual Cabinet Member Decision Report dated 12th March 2021.

 

The recommendations in the report related to the remaining £1,391,310 of the HAF Grant which the Council was required to allocate to the provision of food and holiday activities for children and young people (5 – 16) eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and their families, during the Summer Holiday and Christmas Holiday in 2021 – 2022 Financial year.

 

The Cabinet Member noted the allocation of funding in the report and outlined an amendment to the reported recommendations:

 

  • Option One allocation to read £1,391,310
  • Allocate £247,113 to support additional costs of delivering the HAF programme

 

In addition an amendment was made to allocate £1,391,310 from the Contain Outbreak Management Fund to the programme to extend the fund to a wider group of vulnerable children and families.  This would be used to allocate match funding of £990,893 between the six District Councils in proportion to the number of children eligible for free school meals, a further £300,417 to support the additional costs of delivering the programme and £100,000 to extend the dedicated HAF team.

 

The Leader noted the changes (outlined in full in the resolution within these minutes) and explained that this doubled the commitment in the paper thanks to Central Government and the County Council’s strong partnership with district colleagues.

 

All six weeks of the holidays would be covered. The leader highlighted that Gloucestershire County Council was one of the few councils in the country that would be doing that. It was felt that following teething problems in the first year there had been improvements.

 

 

Cabinet noted the Equality Impact Assessment received alongside the report.

 

Having considered all of the information, Cabinet noted the report and

 

RESOLVED to:

 

Delegate authority to the Assistant Director for Integrated Children and Families Commissioning, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Children’s Safeguarding and Early Years to approve Option One - the allocation of £1,391,310 of Gloucestershire’s grant from the DFE for the Holiday and Activities Programme (HAF) as follows:

 

·         Allocate £990,893 by District, based on the number of children and young people registered Free School Meals (FSM) in grant to a District Lead, who will ensure the delivery of activities and food during the summer holiday 2021 and Christmas Holiday 2021 periods. Grants will be approved following the completion of an expression of interest  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7