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Supermarket vouchers provide half term help to feed families

01 November 2022

Over 21,000 families have received supermarket vouchers this half term in a bid from Cambridgeshire County Council to help tackle financial pressures during the school half term break.

The cost-of-living crisis, and rising energy bills have put an additional strain on families who were already worrying about how to make ends meet. The County Council distributed over £320,000 from the Holiday Voucher Scheme to provide support during the October half term. The scheme will also continue in December and February half terms, to give families a helping hand during the winter.

21,427 vouchers were sent to support children who would usually be eligible for other support. Each eligible child’s parent was issued a £15 voucher that could be used at a supermarket of their choice. Eligibility automatically included families who met 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.

Further details can be found here: Cambridgeshire Holiday Voucher Scheme - Cambridgeshire County Council

Councillor Bryony Goodliffe, Chair of Cambridgeshire County Council’s Children and Young People’s Committee said: “School half terms can be daunting for families who rely on free school meals for their children, I am so pleased that the Holiday Voucher Scheme is able to continue as a lifeline to parents and guardians. I hope the supermarket vouchers are able to take some stress of families so they can focus on enjoying their October half term holiday together.”