David Butterfield

1. How did you distribute the COVID Winter Grant to vulnerable families, i.e. cash, food parcels or retail supermarket vouchers?
2. Did you use this grant to distribute financial support to families of children eligible for free school meals?
3. How many children were eligible for Free School Meals and how many children claimed financial support via the grant scheme?
4. Did you use the grant to distribute support to other vulnerable families / individuals and if so, which groups, i.e. homeless etc.?
5. If using supermarket vouchers
(a) which supplier(s) did you use to distribute the vouchers?
(b) how did you choose a supplier?
(c) what were your top 3 mandatory requirements for the service?
(d) did you coordinate the ordering to all beneficiaries/recipients, or was access delegated to schools to administer and order?
(e) did you enter into a direct contract with the supplier or call off via a framework?
(f) when does your contract end?
6. Following Government's extension of the COVID Winter Grant, will you continue to fund Free School Meal vouchers in May half-term and summer holidays?
7. Which role(s) and job functions manage the contract for this service?

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Exchequer ClientTeam, Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council

Good morning Mr Butterfield,

 

Thank you for your email of the 23^rd April 2021.

 

We have added the responses in blue below;

 

1. How did you distribute the COVID Winter Grant to vulnerable families,
i.e. cash, food parcels or retail supermarket vouchers? Predominantly
supermarket food vouchers and direct funding to colleges to support their
students eligible for free school meals. Some financial support was also
provided to enhance the Warm Homes programme to augment the provision of
fuel vouchers to eligible residents with pre-payment meters and to assist
pay for boiler repairs

2. Did you use this grant to distribute financial support to families of
children eligible for free school meals?  Yes.

3. How many children were eligible for Free School Meals and how many
children claimed financial support via the grant scheme? There was no
application process for the food offer. The Council identified the
vulnerable families and children eligible for support. The number of
children eligible for free school meals as at Christmas 2020 was 12,265.

4. Did you use the grant to distribute support to other vulnerable
families / individuals and if so, which groups, i.e. homeless etc.?
Families on low incomes with pre-school children. College students
eligible for free school meals, Care Leavers under 25.

5. If using supermarket vouchers
(a) which supplier(s) did you use to distribute the vouchers? Wonde.
(b) how did you choose a supplier? Most schools already had access to the
Wonde service, those who did not could choose to sign up separately to the
service. The Council entered into its own contract with Wonde.
(c) what were your top 3 mandatory requirements for the service? The
Council had a tight timeframe within which to mobilise the first round of
support over Christmas so speed of delivery, particularly in relation to
the schools, was critical.
(d) did you coordinate the ordering to all beneficiaries/recipients, or
was access delegated to schools to administer and order? Most schools had
their own WONDE accounts and the scheme was delegated to them to
administer.. The Council co-ordinated the exercise for the families with
pre-school children and care leavers under 25  and also directly funded
the colleges to support their students eligible for Free School Meals.
(e) did you enter into a direct contract with the supplier or call off via
a framework?  A Direct Contract was entered into with the supplier.
(f) when does your contract end? The Contract end date is 10/12/2021
however this contract can be terminated by giving one month’s notice.

6. Following Government's extension of the COVID Winter Grant, will you
continue to fund Free School Meal vouchers in May half-term and summer
holidays?  Funding from the DWP Covid Local Support Grant Scheme will
enable the process to be repeated in the May half term but no funding is
available as yet to cover the summer holidays.

7. Which role(s) and job functions manage the contract for this service?
Please see earlier answers re individual contracts for schools and the
Council.  The Council’s contact is the Head of Revenues and Benefits.

 

Regards,

 

Exchequer Client Team

Commissioning

Oldham Council

Civic Centre

West Street

Oldham

OL1 1UG

 

 

 

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David Butterfield

Exchequer Client Team

Hello,

Thank you for your response which is greatly appreciated.

Best regards,

David Butterfield
Managing Director