Decision details

Provision of Supermarket Food Vouchers - Government Support Schemes

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes




That the Cabinet:


1.     Accept the direct award to Edenred (UK) Limited for the provision of food vouchers to the London Borough of Hillingdon for a two-year period from 1 February 2022 to 30 January 2024 and at the value of £3,960k which is funded in full from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) grant funding at no cost to the Council.


2.     Furthermore, agrees that it includes the provision to extend the contract for two years (in one-year increments), delegating the approval of any extension to the Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Families, Education and Wellbeing, in consultation with the Corporate Director of Planning, Environment, Education and Community Services and at a total contract value of £7,920k over the full four years.


3.     Notes that the use of this contract will be subject to DWP-led workstreams funded in full from specific ringfenced government grant schemes, with no direct financial implications on the Council.


Reasons for decision


Cabinet gave its approval for a contract for meal voucher provision under the Government support schemes relating to the pandemic, subject to the continuation of this national policy. Cabinet noted that the incumbent provider had been selected following the use of a procurement framework and that the scheme would be at no cost to the Council, funded from Government grant.


The Cabinet Member for Families, Education and Wellbeing noted that to-date over 11,116 vouchers had been issued without any issues across the Borough to families requiring support during the pandemic.


Alternative options considered and rejected


Cabinet could have decided to continue with the existing contractual arrangements under the old procurement framework which would have risked future non-compliance.


Relevant Select Committee

Families, Health & Wellbeing

Expiry date for any scrutiny call-in / date decision can be implemented (if no call-in)

5pm, Friday 14 January 2022

Officer(s) to action

Tracie Bushell


Corporate Services & Transformation



Whilst the Cabinet's decisions above are always made public, the officer report relating to this matter is not because it was considered in the private part of the meeting and contained information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the Authority holding that information) and the public interest in withholding the information outweighed the public interest in disclosing it in accordance with Section 100(A) and paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12 (A) to the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended).



Publication date: 07/01/2022

Date of decision: 06/01/2022

Decided at meeting: 06/01/2022 - CABINET

Effective from: 15/01/2022

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