Decision details

Approval to adopt a new Cluster funding formula and to enter into a co-operation agreement with Clusters in respect of the Council funding to Clusters

Reference: D52724

Decision Maker: Director of Children and Families

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Leeds City Council (LCC) Children & Families have been undertaking a review of clusters. The purpose of the review is to build on the strengths already in place in clusters and to ensure a greater level of consistency of approach and clarity of shared expectations to ensure a high quality needs led city wide consistent approach to offering Early Help at a local level.


The delegated decision is required to:

1)  Approve the revised funding formula to be used to distribute the LA contribution to clusters.

2)  Provide approval for the LA to enter into co-operation agreements with clusters in respect of the LA funding contribution to clusters.



The Director, Children and Families approved the implementation of a new funding formula to allocate the £780,830 p/a budget to school clusters.


The decision is a key decision, subject to call in, to enter into a 12 month co-operation agreement with each of the 21 clusters from 1st April 2021 based on the new funding formula, with the option to extend for a further two twelve month periods up to a total potential value of £2,342,490.


Reason Key: Financial Impact>£500K;

Wards Affected: (All Wards);

Portfolio Holder: The Executive Member for Children & Families

Other reasons / organisations consulted

Face to face consultation has taken place with Targeted Services Leaders (TSL) and Cluster Chairs.

A smart (online) survey was also undertaken with all clusters.

The stakeholder reference group meet 6 weekly.


Consultation has taken place and will continue to take place with clusters throughout the review via Cluster Chairs & TSL’s and with the Cluster stakeholder reference group.

Contact: Victoria Gabriel, Service Delivery Manager for Family Support 0113 3785703 Email:

Publication date: 08/02/2021

Date of decision: 16/02/2021

Effective from: 24/02/2021

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