Decision Maker: Director of Corporate Resources
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
As part of the Spring Statement, the
Chancellor made further Household Support Fund available. Doncaster
Council’s share is £2,989.273.08 to cover the period
from 1st April 2022 to 30th September 2022. At least one third of
the allocation must be spent on vulnerable households with
children, which amounts to at least a further £996,424.36. We
have already provided the above to vulnerable households with
children over the Easter Holidays out of this further allocation of
Household Support Fund and wish to do the same for the May school
holidays, the estimated cost is a further £235,495. Other
parts of this initiative will be included in a key decision report
but time is of the essence for the May school holidays, hence this
separate Officer Decision Record progressed more urgently.
The objective is to provide further much needed support to families on the lowest incomes and in most need of support at a time when the cost of food and energy has increased significantly.
1. The provision of school holiday food
vouchers during the May school holiday to children currently in
school and in receipt of free school meals; and
2. An equivalent payment for the May school holiday period to non-school age children where the household is in receipt of a council tax reduction or housing benefit due to low income.
No other alternatives have been considered due
to the cost-of-living crisis having a huge impact and these funds
being allocated by the government.
Publication date: 13/05/2022
Date of decision: 10/05/2022