Worcestershire County Council has welcomed the news that additional funding will be provided for families over the winter period.
It was announced on Sunday 8 November, that Government has agreed to fund a new £170m Covid Winter Grant Scheme to support children, families and the most vulnerable over winter.
The funding will be ring-fenced, with at least 80% earmarked to support with food and bills, and will cover the period to the end of March 2021.
The Council is awaiting official confirmation of the exact amount of funding Worcestershire will receive however it is expected that Local Authorities will receive the funding at the beginning of December 2020.
The Covid Winter Grant Scheme will be run by Worcestershire County Council and through the Ready Steady Worcestershire project that ensures the funding will directly help the hardest-hit families and individuals, as well as provide food for children who need it over the holidays.
Councillor Marcus Hart, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Education and Skills, said: “I very much welcome the Government announcement to make provision for free schools meals this Christmas. Obviously, Worcestershire County Council will receive its share of the £170 million grant and we will ensure that no child goes hungry.
“I also welcome the wider scheme right through next year up to Christmas 2021. This clearly demonstrates a compassionate Government and one that is prepared to listen.”
Worcestershire County Council and Worcestershire Children First continues to support the Ready, Steady, Worcestershire initiative which combines the efforts of a range of agencies and food banks that provide a community response to holiday hunger.
All district councils are providing welfare support services. Anyone still in need of our help should get in touch with Here2Help Worcestershire on our website at www.worcestershire.gov.uk/here2help or call on 01905 768053.