Labour led Cheshire East Council is giving out food and energy vouchers to vulnerable families ahead of the February half term. So far, the council has distributed 11,000 vouchers so far from the Covid Winter Grant Scheme.
Additionally, families in need are now eligible for refurbished white goods. This includes cookers, fridges, washing machines and microwaves. The council recognises that for some families, if their appliance breaks, they may not be able to afford a replacement.
The council identified over 9,000 vulnerable children and young people, including those eligible for income-related free school meals. These families received their first batch of vouchers mid-December to cover the Christmas school holidays.
“We are supporting vulnerable children and their families over the half term with supermarket and energy vouchers. The council will deliver vouchers, via schools and other children’s services from this week and we have enhanced this fund through support with fridges, cookers and other household appliances to vulnerable children and their families. I’d like to thank the teams, including our education providers, who have worked tirelessly to get this support to families. This grant expires at the end of March and we are already working behind the scenes to ensure that children and families are supported during the Easter, summer and Christmas holidays.”Councillor Kathryn Flavell, Labour cabinet member for children and families
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