Decision details

Allocation of the Afghan Refugee (Educational) Grant

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

Purpose:

To seek approval of the proposed allocation of the Afghan Refugee (Educational) Grant, between local authority and relevant educational establishments.

Decision:

Approval of the proposed allocation of the Afghan Refugee (Educational) Grant, between local authority and relevant educational establishments.

Reasons for the decision:

The Afghan Resettlement (Education) Grant 2021-22, provided by the Secretary of State for Education is for the provision by local authorities of education services for children from families arriving from Afghanistan under Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy, Afghanistan Citizens Resettlement Scheme and British Nationals, currently residing in bridging accommodation, namely hotels funded by the Home Office. The funding is part of the £12 million that was announced by the Government as part of Operation Warm Welcome.
North Yorkshire County Council has overseen bridging hotels in Scarborough and Selby, during the period from August to November. The local authority has an obligation to provide a place at an educational setting for all eligible children.

The grant aims to reduce the burden on the Local Authority and Educational establishments from providing education to the children from the bridging hotels as it acknowledges that due to larger numbers living in hotel sites it places an undue burden on particular areas. North Yorkshire County Council has been allocated £225,083.80, from the Afghan Resettlement (Education) Grant, to cover costs from September to November 2021. A further allocation is expected to cover the period December 2021 to March 2022

Alternative options considered:

None

Publication date: 10/02/2022

Date of decision: 08/02/2022

Effective from: 18/02/2022