Harrow COVID winter grant less than neighbouring boroughs – very disappointing

Harrow’s share of the COVID Winter Grant (around £588K), is unreasonably less than Barnet (£987K) Brent (£1,142K) and Hillindgon (£831K).
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) grant, ring-fenced, is to enable to provide support to families with children, other vulnerable households and individuals from early December 2020 and covers the period until the end of March 2021.
In her letter, Clare Elliott, Head of Local Authority, Partnership, Engagement and Delivery division of The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) said: “Funding will be dispersed according to the population of each authority, weighted by a function of the English Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD)”.
Harrow’s IMD has slightly improved over the years but has pockets of serious deprivation. For example, two of Harrow’s Lower Layer Super Output Areas (LSOAs) are amongst the 20% most deprived in England – the Woodlands and Cottesmore Estates in Stanmore Park ward and parts of the Headstone and Headstone Lane Estates in Hatch End ward.
Not sure if Harrow MPs have questioned the government calculations for the Harrow grant.
However, on the basis of the information by Harrow council corporate Director Alex Dewsnap, Harrow council looks to have good plans to use the COVID winter grant. Mr Dewsnap explained the dispersal of the grant:
“The council to fund through our schools’ voucher systems £3 per child on Free School Meals per day for the two week break at Xmas and £3 per child for the 1 week February half term.
“Additionally, we are also adding an additional £10 per child for the Xmas break. We have roughly 2,250 children eligible for FSM so this works out at £288,750”.
He added: “We started the communications with schools last week on this so that the vouchers can be with parents before the term ends”.
The COVID grant could be used by giving in cash, vouchers and spending on buying/distributing food.
Mr Dewsnap informed that the council has been ‘working with Harrow Community Kitchen who has been central to the community hub food support through the HelpHarrow portal since March, and this service is funded until the end of March 2021’.
We tried but did not find nor received public information about who is/are running and managing the work of the Harrow Community Kitchen!