Decision details

Additional DfE funding for the Holiday Activities and Food Programme

Decision Maker: Director: Education and Skills

Decision status: For Determination

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


Between October 2020 and January 2021 Bristol saw a 5% increase in the number of children in receipt of free school meals (FSM). It is likely that there will have been further increases in numbers since then. The Department for Education (DfE) has taken this additional need into consideration by allocating contingency funding directly to local authorities to further increase holiday and food provision for the 2021 summer holidays. In Bristol this equates to £140,300 of additional grant funding. This brings the overall funding received by Bristol City Council to £1,989,150. Bristol has already allocated 5/6ths, or £1,538,000, of the original funding for Easter and Summer holiday delivery. Coupled with the increase in FSM numbers this satisfies the DfE’s criteria for contingency funding.


To accept the additional DfE Holiday Activity Fund contingency funding in the sum of £1450,300.

Alternative options considered:


Publication date: 13/09/2021

Date of decision: 02/08/2021