Support for children who need it most over the summer holidays
Families with children who receive free school meals in Telford and Wrekin during term time will receive extra support to help with the cost of living over the coming summer holidays.
To support these families during the school summer break, Telford & Wrekin Council is providing over £646,000 in supermarket shopping vouchers that can be used for food either in store or online.
The council is providing £10 per child per week for the six-week school summer holidays, equalling £60 per child, for children who would usually be entitled to income-related free school meals or receive a pupil premium.
In total 10,768 children will benefit over the holidays, through the DWP’s Household Support Fund provided to local councils to use at their discretion to support households most in need.
Councillor Raj Mehta, Telford & Wrekin Council’s Cabinet Member for Inclusion, Engagement, Equalities and Civic Pride, said: “Household support funding is given to local council’s to use to help households most in need, at the authority’s discretion.
“At Telford & Wrekin Council, a council that’s on the side of our residents, we’ve chosen to use much of this to support families in the borough who are most in need of help, particularly now during the cost of living crisis.
“As part of our 100 day plan, we’ve committed to giving £10per week, per child over the school summer holidays, to all children who would usually qualify for income-related free school meals or a pupil premium. This equates to £60 per child over the six-week break.
“We know how important it is for children to have a healthy and balanced meal and for many children in our borough, their most nutritious meal is the free school meal they get at lunchtime. We don’t want children to miss out over the summer holidays, so are supporting families through our household support fund, and will continue this support during the school holidays though to Easter next year.
“What’s more, children from reception through to year 11 who receive income-based free school meals and therefore the holiday supermarket voucher too, are also eligible for our Happy Healthy Active Holidays scheme. This offers a range of funded activities such as sports, cooking, dancing, music, arts and crafts and a nutritious meal each day and runs over the school holidays.”
For more information about Happy Healthy Active Holidays, or to book activities, visit https://hhah.telford.gov.uk/
More information on how the council is using the Household Support Fund to help residents during the cost of living crisis can be found at www.telford.gov.uk/householdsupportfund