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Eligible families in Cambridgeshire will again be receiving supermarket vouchers for the Christmas holiday.

13 December 2022

Vouchers to the value to £30 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 Christmas holiday voucher will be issued by the end of the day on Saturday 17 December. 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, but must be claimed by 27 January 2023.

Any child eligible for income-related free school meals, or any of the other criteria listed above, will automatically receive a voucher for the Christmas holiday. Any children who become eligible up to 2 January 2023 will also a receive voucher. This will be sent when the Council is notified of a change in personal circumstances.

The extension of the overarching Household Support Fund was announced in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement – the County Council will be publishing plans for its ongoing support in the new year.

Cllr Bryony Goodliffe, Chair of Cambridgeshire County Council’s Children and Young People Committee said: “I am delighted that we can again support families who may be finding the Christmas period difficult. While it is a time of celebration for many, it also comes with added pressures for families on low incomes, which is why the supermarket voucher scheme is so important.

“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 and also during the half terms and holidays.”