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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Dear Mr Butterfield,

 

Information Request – reference no. DC3384

 

Thank you for your information request dated 28.04.2021, which has been
dealt with under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).

 

Our response to your request is as follows:

 

1. How did you distribute the COVID Winter Grant to vulnerable
families, i.e. cash, food parcels or retail supermarket vouchers? 

Supermarket vouchers and utility bill vouchers. 

2. Did you use this grant to distribute financial support to families of
children eligible for Free School Meals? 

Yes, plus children schools deemed economically impacted as a result
of COVID who are not registered for FSM. Utility vouchers were available
to families and individuals who applied and satisfied criteria set by
Citizen’s Advice who administrated this scheme.  

3. How many children were eligible for Free School Meals and how many
children claimed financial support via the grant scheme? 

There are approximately 8300 FSM eligible children in Dorset schools. 100%
were provided vouchers.  

4. Did you use the grant to distribute support to other vulnerable
families / individuals and if so, which groups, i.e. homeless etc.? 

Care leavers; 18-24 year olds who unemployed and being support by Job
Centre Plus; individuals who applied to the Citizen’s Advice utility bill
fund. 

5. If using supermarket vouchers 

(a) which supplier(s) did you use to distribute the vouchers? 

Wonde (SchoolVouchers.com) 

(b) how did you choose a supplier? 

We approached our existing provider, who confirmed they were unable
to meet the requirement. We were approached by Wonde via direct email,
and invited them to demo the service and we compared that to the offer of
alternative providers.  

(c) what were your top 3 mandatory requirements for the service? 

Data connector to schools to automate the collection of recipient data;
known and trusted by schools; financial model that reduced LA risk. 

(d) did you coordinate the ordering to all beneficiaries/recipients, or
was access delegated to schools to administer and order? 

FSM vouchers administrated by schools. Other groups by the LA. 

(e) did you enter into a direct contract with the supplier or call off via
a framework? 

Direct contract. 

(f) when does your contract end? 

6^th December 2021 

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? 

The scheme has been extended for the May half-term. We will provide
vouchers as per previous holidays. We are yet to make a decision for the
summer.  

7. Which role(s) and job functions manage the contract for this service? 

Senior Project Manager in Children’s Services’ commissioning team. 

 

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David Butterfield

FAO Jennifer Nash
Information Compliance Officer

Hello Jennifer,

Thank you for your prompt response which is hugely appreciated.

Kind regards,

David Butterfield
Managing Director