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Eligible Cambridgeshire families to receive half term supermarket vouchers

09 February 2023

Eligible families in Cambridgeshire will again be receiving supermarket vouchers for the February half-term holiday.

Vouchers to the value to £15 will be sent automatically to eligible families using school data and information held by the County Council. Those eligible for the vouchers will be pupils who meet the following criteria:

  • Early Years Pupil Premium
  • Children eligible for income related funded two-year-old education
  • Eligible for income-related Free School Meals
  • Students eligible for 16+ bursary.

Cambridgeshire County Council is urging families to check whether they may be eligible for free school meals during term time, which in turn would make them eligible for supermarket vouchers in the holidays.

Families currently paying for school meals would save around £450 a year for each primary school child if they were entitled to free school meals. Providing free school meals can add up to £2000 a year in Government funding to a school’s budget.

Information about free school meals and how to apply can be found here: Free school meals - Cambridgeshire County Council – all that is required are basic details and a national insurance number.

The half-term holiday voucher will be issued by the end of the day on Saturday 11 February. The voucher will be sent by email and/or text to the nominated parent or carer. The voucher does not need to be used in a single shopping trip.

Any child eligible for income-related free school meals, or any of the other criteria listed above, will automatically receive a voucher for the February half-term holiday.

The extension of the overarching Household Support Grant was announced in the Chancellor’s 2022 Autumn Statement – funding for the February supermarket vouchers will come from this.

Cllr Bryony Goodliffe, Chair of Cambridgeshire County Council’s Children and Young People Committee said: “It is very important that we continue to help struggling families. The cost of living continues to rise, and many families are finding the competing priorities of family life both challenging and worrying.

“It is also very important that all families who are eligible for free school meals have applied and are receiving them. The process is simple and could mean families would get extra support throughout the year at school as well as during the half terms and holidays.”