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Issue details

Local Covid Support Scheme (LCSS)

Purpose of Report: The Government have now announced a final extension of the Local Covid Support scheme (former Winter Grant Scheme(WSG)) to 30th September 2021 and further funding of £392k. At the same time there continues to be no Government funding for free school meals. This report will ask for approval to support the Holiday Activities and Food scheme which will operate for 4 weeks in the summer holiday by supplying funding for Free School Meal Vouchers in the remaining 2 weeks (£100k).

The initial funding for the first LCSS was lower than that of the WSG and as such a more cautious approach had been taken in the level of funding awarded to residents to provide support across the full period to 20th June. As the new funding is much higher and must be spent by the end of September 2021 the intention is to provide greater financial support where it is required. The report will make recommendations on the proposals to distribute the funding fairly to those in greatest need.

The Executive Member will be asked to (in consultation with the Executive Member for Housing & Safer Neighbourhoods):
• Approve the funding for 2 weeks Free School Meal vouchers in the summer holidays at around £100k
• Approve the scheme to distribute the new extended LCSS funding to the end of September.

While we always aim to provide 28 days’ notice of a decision being made, on this occasion this was not possible due to the need to have the necessary approvals in place to distribute grant funding to individuals/families with children by the end of September. Also to  approve the funding of free school meals vouchers before the summer holidays which commence on 24th July 2021.

Decision type: Non-key

Decision status: Decision Made

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 06/07/2021

Decision due: 21/07/21 by Executive Member for Finance and Performance
Reason: While we always aim to provide 28 days’ notice of a decision being made, on this occasion this was not possible. Please open this item for further details.

Lead member: Executive Member for Finance and Performance, Executive Member for Housing & Safer Neighbourhoods

Lead director: Director of Customer & Communities

Department: Directorate of Customer & Communities

Contact: David Walker Email: david.walker@york.gov.uk Email: david.walker@york.gov.uk.

Consultation process

At the meeting.

Equality Impact Assessment Completed?: Yes

Decisions

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