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What is the background to the Holiday Activities and Food Programme Grants Scheme?

What is the background to the Holiday Activities and Food Programme Grants Scheme?

Families can experience significant pressure points during school holidays with reduced income and increased financial pressures because of the costs of food, childcare and enriching activities. Disadvantaged families are likely to experience “unhealthy holidays” in terms of nutrition and physical health along with exacerbated inequalities relating to social isolation and loneliness. Disadvantaged families are also less likely to access organised out-of-school activities during Spring, Summer and Winter.

On Sunday 8th November 2020, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) announced the significant expansion of the Department for Education’s HAF Programme across England. This significant extension of the HAF Programme across England will enable all second-tier Local Authorities, including Staffordshire County Council, to work together with Partners to provide free healthy meals and enriching activities to families of children in receipt of Free School Meals during Summer, Spring and Winter.

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