We have been advised of the following from Staffordshire County Council.
Winter support for families
Vouchers worth £15 a week will be distributed by the council for the Christmas school holidays to the families of up to 27,000 children to use in major supermarkets on food.
In October families of more than 17,700 children took advantage of Staffordshire County Council’s £15 half term voucher. This time 80 per cent of the £2.2 million funding from DWPs’ Covid-19 Winter Grant Scheme will be used towards families with children.
For school-aged pupils the scheme will be administered through their schools, while Staffordshire County Council’s Family Hubs have already begun contacting families of children not in schools.
Those eligible include:
- pupils entitled to free school meals
- low-income families with pre-schoolers
- recent care leavers
- College students aged 16-18 from low-income families
- home educated children from low income families
The county council is also working with Staffordshire’s eight district and borough authorities to identify vulnerable adults who need support.