Decision details

DECISION TAKEN UNDER CORONAVIRUS CONTINGENCY PLANNING PROCEDURES ON 22 MAY, 2020 - funding approval for the implementation of a Free School Meals Scheme (25-29 May 2020)

Decision Maker: Chief Executive

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No


Under the new Coronavirus Contingency Planning Procedures, as approved by the Leader of the Council, the executive (Leader and Cabinet) priorities of the Council are amended to simply be:


(i)  preservation of life;

(ii)  supporting the vulnerable;

(iii)  safeguarding children; and

(iv)  aiding the Borough’s businesses and economy during this period that contingency planning is required to respond to an emergency situation and manage the effects of a covid-19 epidemic.


In view of the Leader’s decision to agree that


(i)  the Head of Paid Service is authorised to take any action in furtherance of the priorities set out above, acting in consultation with the Leader, Cabinet member and/or Group Leaders wherever it is reasonable and practicable in the opinion of the Head of Paid Service to do so; and


(ii)  the Head of Paid Service and each Director is authorised to take any action that officer consider is reasonably necessary to protect the health, safety or welfare of individuals.




The following decision(s) have been made:



1)  To approve the funding for the implementation of a Free School Meals Scheme for all eligible children for the school half term, between 25th May and 29th May 2020.


2)  To agree a further £163,000 budget allocation for the week.


Reasons for the decision:

Supporting the following key principles of the COVID-19 emergency:

2.  Protect the vulnerable people in our communities

3.  Safeguard our children and young people


Alternative options considered:

Detailed in the attached report.

Urgent item?: Yes

Publication date: 22/05/2020

Date of decision: 22/05/2020

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