To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much of the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived allocated to her Department in 2015 to support school breakfast clubs has (a) been spent and (b) not been spent.
27 January 2017
The UK allocation from the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) was €3.94m for the 2014-20 period. In 2014, the Government indicated that because the UK allocation from the fund is deducted from our European Social Fund and European Regional Development Fund allocations, it would minimise the adverse impact on those funds by taking the lowest possible allocation.
In 2014, the Government announced that its FEAD allocation would be used to expand breakfast club provision in deprived areas in England. The Department for Education received interim funding of €433,912.60 in 2014 in advance of the scheme commencing. This is the only payment we have received.
After we had publicly committed to the scheme in 2014, the European Commission began detailed discussions on the regulations which govern how the money can be spent. It has since become clear that our original vision for how to use this funding cannot comply with the European Commission’s eligibility requirements for the fund. We are therefore discussing with other government departments how we can best apply this money before 2020.
The Government has delivered significantly higher funding for breakfast clubs than that envisaged by the FEAD. DfE ran a two year £1.1m programme which ended in March 2016 which saw breakfast clubs implemented in 184 schools with a high proportion of disadvantaged pupils. In the 2016 Budget, the Chancellor announced further funding of £10m a year to set up breakfast clubs in up to 1600 schools. The new scheme will commence from September 2017 and support schools and pupils most in need.