Decision details

631 - Covid Winter Grant Scheme – Extra Funding Update

Decision Maker: Chief Executive

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


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This report sets out the decision to use additional Covid Winter Grant Scheme funding of £161,481, received from the Department of Work and Pensions, as set in 2.1 (a) to (d) below, and provides an update on the Scheme.
It is the decision of the Chief Executive, in consultation with the Leader of the Council that the £161,481 additional Covid Winter Grant Scheme funding is used to provide the following:
(a) A targeted fuel voucher scheme for households with vulnerable 2 year olds and care leavers – one £49 voucher per household to cover the period 1 December 2020 to 16 April 2021.
(b) A targeted food voucher scheme for households with vulnerable 2 year olds and care leavers – two £15 vouchers per individual to cover the Easter Holidays 2021.
(c) Funding for Citizens Advice Reading to provide support and guidance to vulnerable families and individuals in relation to fuel poverty.
(d) Funding for food parcels/hot meals at the Easter holidays playschemes funded by the Holiday Activity Fund (HAF).

Publication date: 27/04/2021

Date of decision: 27/04/2021

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