Council support to families on reduced incomes continues during school holidays

Ahead of the October half-term and the Christmas holidays, Telford & Wrekin Council continues to offer a range of benefits for families under extra financial strain.

Council support to families on reduced incomes continues during school holidays

The support is in place as having children at home can result in higher costs and extra pressure on families' budgets.

Food vouchers 

For the October half term and the Christmas holidays, all borough families with children receiving income-related free school meals and pre-school benefits, as well as care leavers will receive one voucher per household to help with food costs. 

Pre-school benefits include early year’s pupil premium or funded childcare places for two year-olds.

The total value of the voucher will vary depending on the number of children on free school meals, at a rate of £15 per child during the one-week holiday.

The vouchers can be used at local supermarkets.

Free half term activities from Telford and Wrekin Leisure Services

Telford and Wrekin Leisure Services are running two programmes this October half term for people who receive income-related free school meals.

One programme is a Holiday Club at Oakengates Leisure Centre. 

The second provides free spaces on a swimming crash course to help primary school children swim 25m.

Christmas holiday club activities

Happy Healthy Active Holidays is returning for the Christmas holidays.

As part of the programme, borough families with children receiving income-related free school meals will be able to enrol their children in free holiday clubs.

Each holiday club will offer a variety of fun activities, such as sports, music or arts and craft, along with a free nutritious meal each day.  

Councillor Eileen Callear, Cabinet Member for Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Visitor Economy said: 

"Throughout the pandemic, we have been making life a bit easier for those in our borough struggling financially. 

"I am delighted that we will be continuing this support as part of our recovery from Coronavirus. 

"Many families find it difficult during the school holidays due to the increased cost of having a child at home, so our support targets this time.

"For several months now, during school holidays, around 9000 eligible families have received vouchers to use at a range of local supermarkets. 

“Eligible children receiving pupil premiums are often those of serving soldiers or in foster care.

"We are proud of our support provided to families in this unprecedented health crisis - support that will continue as long as it is still needed."




 

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