Issue details

Winter Grant Scheme - Allocation Of Funding / Engagement Of A Voucher Supplier

The Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Education, Skills and the University and the Cabinet Member for Communities are recommended to:


1.    Agree the contract exemption is approved for the sum of £532,710 due to the short turn around and need to deliver critical support to vulnerable groups over the winter period, to commence on the 1st December 2020 through a voucher distribution scheme

2.    Agree to the proposed approach to the distribution and criteria to award the vouchers as outlined in this report.

3.    Agree to enter into a contract with Wonde (Furlong House, 2 Kings Court, Newmarket, CB8 7SG) for the period 1st December 2020 to the 31st March 2021 for a value of £532,710.

4.    Agree the allocation of the remaining funding to support families in Peterborough via our City Hub arrangements. 

5.    Delegate authority to the Executive Director: People and Communities to effect the matters referred to above.


Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure or savings greater than £500,000;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 04/12/2020

This decision will be taken under urgency procedures.

Reason for urgency:
With the approval of the Mayor and the Chair of the Adults and Communities Scrutiny Committee (in the absence of the Chair of the Children and Education Scrutiny Committee), the urgency and special urgency procedures have been invoked to suspend the requirement to publish the decision on the forward plan for 28 days and the requirement to publish for a 5-day consideration period. The waiver of call-in procedure has also been invoked. These procedures have been invoked following the successful campaign by Marcus Rashford (the Manchester United striker). The government has now decided to provide support for families in need during the holiday period. The Winter Grant scheme was announced at the start of November and detailed guidance was received on the 24th November. The Local Authority has had to work quickly to develop a solution and the CMDN needs publishing urgently to complete the procurement to ensure families get vouchers / support before the end of term (18th December).

Decision due: 4 Jan 2021 by Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Education, Skills and the University

Lead member: Councillor Lynne Ayres

Lead director: Executive Director People Services PCC & CCC

Department: People Services

Contact: Jonathan Lewis, Service Director - Education Tel: 01223 507165; Email: Tel: 01733 207295.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee: Children and Education Scrutiny Committee