Decision details

CES-04-23 - Year 2 Grant Awards Multiply

Decision Maker: Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Children's Services, Education and Skills

Decision status: Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


1.       The purpose of this report is to seek a decision from Cllr Mayes to approve awarding of the section 31 grant funding apportioned to Wiltshire Council to the recipients below for delivery of Multiply Programme Interventions.

2.       These interventions have been selected and proposed from a menu provided by the Department for Education as part of its Multiply Prospectus, published in April 2022.

3.       The report seeks approval to award the following amounts:


Wiltshire college




National numeracy


Building Bridges








Skills ladder



The total grants amount to £434,632





Following consultation,I givenotice thatI havemade thedecision setout inthe attached report.


This decisionwas publishedon 6 June 2023 andwill comeinto forceon 14 June 2023.

Reasons for the decision:

A range of stakeholders have been engaged, the interventions vary from out reach to classroom based courses, and acknowledge the links between digital literacy, numeracy and literacy. There is robust monitoring and outcomes focussed oversight from the Department of Education for the duration of the programme.

Alternative options considered:

The options considered provide a broad and balanced approach to delivering outreach and accredited interventions from the menu on offer. They include a range of delivery mechanisms and seek to engage as many residents as possible to progress their numeracy confidence and engage in further learning, progress in their job roles, support family members, improve budgeting skills to adjust to costs of living, and improve numeracy skills in general.

Other reasons / organisations consulted

In May 2022, Employment and Skills officers engaged with stakeholders and invited expressions of interest to deliver Multiply interventions. Subsequent engagement took place via the Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Swindon Training Provider Partnership, and community grant application process was conducted in December 2022. Interventions were discussed and refined.

Contact: Emily Hughes Email: Tel 01225 756176.

Publication date: 23/05/2023

Date of decision: 05/06/2023

Date comes into force if not called in: 14/06/2023

Call-in deadline date: 13/06/2023

Accompanying Documents: