A total of £5,373,444 million pounds in government funding will help to support those most across Stoke-on-Trent over the next year.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council has received the fourth round of the Household Support Fund which covers the period 1 April 2023 to 31 March 2024 to support those most in need and to help with global inflationary challenges and the significantly rising cost of living.
Over the coming months the city council will be making funding available to support those most in need with the cost of food, energy and water bills and other associated costs.
Council leader Abi Brown said: “The additional funding available through the Department for Work and Pensions provides us with an opportunity to offer further support to families and households who are in hardship and in need of support across the city.
“Previously we have assisted families with food vouchers, offered grants to support with energy/utility costs and issued community grants through the Voluntary and Community Sector Fund.”
As part of this Household Support Fund thousands of families across Stoke-on-Trent who are entitled to free school meals, are set to be given supermarket vouchers for food during the Easter school break.
The city council is working in partnership with Wonde once again to issue supermarket vouchers over the school break to support families on free school meals, families where children have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), are in receipt of the Early Years Pupil Premium or have a child in a two-year-old funded nursery place. Each family will get a £30 voucher per child. This follows on from February half-term where food vouchers were provided to over 17,000 children in the city.
Council leader Abi Brown continues: “We know these vouchers will help families with the additional costs of living in our city and we recognise the help that this provides. That is why we have gone above and beyond the work of many other authorities in continuing this initiative during school holidays. I’m really pleased to announce that we will be providing further food vouchers during the summer and Christmas holidays in 2023.
“Families do not need to apply for a voucher if their child is at a school in the city – schools will issue the vouchers directly for children who are eligible to receive them. We would ask families to contact their school if they haven’t received a voucher by the start of half-term.
“We would also ask families to check our website for full details of the scheme to see if they are eligible for a voucher, and if so they can also apply online via www.stoke.gov.uk/foodvouchers
The scheme is funded by the Department of Work and Pensions in order to help families access food and essential supplies. The vouchers can be redeemed at supermarket such as; Aldi, Asda, Iceland, Morrisons, Sainsburys, Tesco and Waitrose.
Families across Stoke-on-Trent can still access support via The Stronger Together Through Winter initiative at http://sottogether.vast.org.uk/ or call 01782 208200 (Monday to Friday, 2pm – 7pm).
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