Support for Vulnerable Children & Families this Half Term

Support for Vulnerable Children and Families this Half Term

Central Bedfordshire Council has received £217,555 from the Government as a welfare assistance grant to help all those struggling to afford food and other essential items. This payment is in addition to the extra £20 a week everyone on universal credit has been given during the pandemic.

South West Bedfordshire MP Andrew Selous said “With this additional grant to the council no child need go hungry this half term. We also have some amazing community provision in addition to the money from this grant. If any family has difficulty in feeding their children this week or in the future I would like them to contact me immediately and I will do a full review of their finances, benefits and situation to see how they can be helped. If you know any family struggling to afford food this week, please ask them to contact me. "

The Central Bedfordshire Council food voucher scheme will continue to be available to families in need over this half term holiday period.

The scheme works by providing vouchers directly to families via the network of Children’s Centres that are based in communities across our area. The vouchers enable food to be supplied by a number of the major supermarket chains that operate in our communities and any families who are eligible to free school meals are able to access this support.

Executive Member for Children’s Services, Cllr Sue Clark explains, "We have operated the voucher scheme for some time and recognise that it may be particularly important to families when schools are closed.

“Looking ahead, we are exploring how we can best continue the arrangements for the Christmas period taking account of the particular circumstances created by the pandemic.”

Children's Centres will be open throughout the coming week in all our major towns.  For anyone not able to get to a centre, alternative means of providing support are available.  Visit the Council’s website or call our contact centre on 0300 300 8000 to find our more.