Issue details

Allocation of Funding for a Christmas Holiday Activities and Food Programme

The Department for Education (DfE) have provided every local authority in England funding to coordinate free holiday provision, including healthy food and enriching activities for children eligible for benefits related free school meals.  The funding is to cover provision for the Easter, summer and Christmas Holidays in 2021


In July 2021 the Director of Education & Skills took a decision to award funding to organisations for providing activities and food for the summer holiday period and to allocate the remaining funding to enable a Christmas programme to be delivered (Decision OKD10 (21/22) refers).


Expressions of interest have been sought for providers to offer Holiday Activities and Food for children during the Christmas Holidays 2021. The Director of Education and Skills will be asked to approve the award of winter grants to successful organisations.

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure > £500,000;

Decision status: For Determination

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 27/10/2021

Decision due: November 2021 by Director of Education and Skills

Lead member: Paul Wagstaff, Assistant Director (Education and Skills)

Lead director: Paul Wagstaff

Contact: Danny Pell, Assistant Director Skills and Commercial Services Email: Tel: 033 022 22144.

Consultation process

Representations concerning this proposed decision can be made to the Director of Education and Skills via the officer contact, by the beginning of the month in which the decision is due to be taken


Holiday Providers including schools, colleges, sports clubs and childcare providers

Democratic Services Contact: Wendy Saunders Tel: 033 022 22553

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