Decision details

LOP&S - 2122064 - Department for Education – Holiday, Activities & Food Programme

Decision Maker: Director of Learning, Opportunities and Skills

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


Doncaster Council has been allocated £1,379,600 from the Department for Education’s Holiday Activity & Food Programme.

The £1,379,600 will be used to offer free holiday and food activity places to children and young people, who receive benefits-related free school meals. Of this, £350,000 has been allocated for the Christmas period.

See attached Officer Decision Record for further details.


To agree to fund activities during the Christmas 2021 Schools Holidays of up to £350,000 from the Department for Education’s Holiday, Activity & Food Programme on a range of proposals as set out in box 3.

On Friday 19th March the Mayor of Doncaster, Ros Jones and Overview and Scrutiny Consultee: Councillor Jane Kidd, agreed to approve the RULE 16 DECISION: DEPARTMENT FOR EDUCATION HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES AND FOOD PROGRAMME.

As part of this Rule 16 decision it was agreed; To delegate decisions around how to allocate the grant within its terms and conditions to the Assistant Director: Partnerships, Early Intervention & Localities in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Children and Young People and Schools.

Alternative options considered:

Not to take receive the Grant and to fund the Holiday Activity and Food Programme from existing Council budgets. This option was rejected as without the funding the programmes could not be delivered.

Publication date: 23/11/2021

Date of decision: 18/11/2021

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