Thousands of families across Bedford borough, who are entitled to income related free school meals, will be given vouchers for the summer holidays.
Funded through the Household Support Fund, the council will provide each eligible child £15 per week for the six weeks, issued in one £90 voucher within the first couple of weeks of the summer holidays.
Cllr Michael Headley, portfolio holder for finance and welfare, said: “The rise in the cost of living is proving very tough for many people financially, so I’m very pleased that we can continue to provide this support for families. It is important that no child goes hungry in Bedford borough.
“We know what a difference this help can make.”
Children are eligible for the vouchers if their family receives one of the benefits listed below:
Universal Credit – with an annual earned income of no more than £7,400 after tax
Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for the four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
Child Tax Credit (with no Working Tax Credit) with an annual gross income of no more than £16,190
Early Years Pupil Premium
2 Year Old Funding
Families with eligible children will receive their vouchers as they have previously, via an email or through their school or setting’s distribution process.