COVID Winter Grant Scheme

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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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Lee Coombes, Halton Borough Council

Apologies for the delay in this response, please find answers to your
recent FOI request.  If you have any queries do not hesitate to get in
touch.

 

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

Vouchers for supermarkets

Provided vouchers and white goods to vulnerable families coordinated
through children centres.  Local food banks and CAB also received funding.

 

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

Yes, vouchers distributed via each school using their data on FSM
eligibility.

 

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

21,805 families reached over 3 terms so approx. 7268 families

 

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

We supported vulnerable adults identified through adult social care. 

 

5)      If using supermarket vouchers
(a) which supplier(s) did you use to distribute the vouchers?           

WONDE a provider that could provide vouchers to all major supermarkets in
the area

(b) how did you choose a supplier?

As above, provider that charged only the cost of the voucher and could
provide cover for the borough of all major supermarkets

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

NA

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

School administered, HBC co-ordinated the operation.

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

Direct Award

(f) when does your contract end?

No end date set

 

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?

May half term is funded, however as it stands there is no decision on the
summer holidays

 

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

School Meals Operations Manager

 

Kindest regards

Lee Coombes | Operational Manager | Stadium, Catering Services & School
Meals | Halton Borough Council | The DCBL Stadium | Lowerhouse Lane |
Widnes | WA8 7DZ

Tel: 0151 511 7908

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David Butterfield

Lee Coombes
Operational Manager

Hello Lee,

Thank you for your response today which is greatly appreciated.

Best regards,

David Butterfield
Managing Director