Decision details

Holiday Activities and Food Programme

Decision Maker: Corporate Director of Children and Young People's Services

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To give approval to enter into procurement arrangements for delivery of the Holiday Activity Programme for 2022 – 2024


To give approval to enter into procurement arrangements for the delivery of the coordination contract for the Holiday Activity and Food Programme for the next three financial years 2022/23, 2023/24 and 2024/25.

Reasons for the decision:

In 2021, the Department for Education (DfE) provided funding to all local authorities to deliver a programme of school holiday activities alongside a food offer for children eligible for means tested free school meals. The programme funding was to offer 6 weeks of activities comprising a minimum of 4 days over Easter, 16 days over summer and 4 days at Christmas. Following an announcement in the October budget that a further three years funding will be made available for this programme, starting in Easter 2022 and ending in January 2025, the Council has been allocated a grant of £1.3615m for the financial year 2022/23. The funding allocation is based on the numbers of eligible children in the local authority area.

Alternative options considered:


Publication date: 19/04/2022

Date of decision: 19/04/2022

Effective from: 27/04/2022