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Support available again to vulnerable families in Cambridgeshire during Easter holidays



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Special help will again be made available over the Easter school holiday for eligible families in Cambridgeshire affected by the pandemic.

Although the Government-backed schemes set up to help struggling families during the pandemic are due to end on March 31, Cambridgeshire County Council’s joint administration agreed to earmark £3.6m in one-off funds to extend the Holiday Voucher Scheme in Cambridgeshire for a further year as part of the pandemic recovery.

The scheme will therefore run in each of the school holidays and half terms for the next 12 months.

Support available again to vulnerable families in Cambridgeshire during Easter holidays.
Support available again to vulnerable families in Cambridgeshire during Easter holidays.

The scheme offers parents a voucher for a choice of supermarkets. These vouchers will be sent to eligible families automatically using school data and information held by the local authority. Those eligible for the voucher 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.

The Council will issue each eligible child or young person a £30 supermarket voucher to cover the Easter holiday period. 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 and once claimed will last for at least a year.

If your child is eligible for income-related free school meals, or any of the other criteria listed above, they will automatically receive a voucher for the Easter holiday period. Any children who become eligible up until 19 April 2022 will also receive a voucher.

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

Cllr Bryony Goodliffe, Chair of Cambridgeshire County Council’s Children and Young People’s Committee said: “I am delighted that the joint administration has agreed to continue funding this excellent scheme for a further 12 months, even when the Government decided to end it. The Holiday Voucher Scheme provides essential help to those families which need it most and I am proud to be able to support it again.”



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