Winter grants scheme helps over 32,000 children and young people in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
Households and individuals across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough facing challenges because of the pandemic have received help from their local authority.
More than 32,000 children and young people received support either individually or through their families as part of Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council’s winter grants scheme.
Both councils have been working with other organisations such as district councils and Citizens Advice to support people whose lives have become more difficult because of COVID-19.
The winter grants scheme supports families and individuals experiencing immediate financial hardship with access to food and essential supplies over the Christmas period and beyond.
This support is being offered in two ways – as a direct food voucher scheme or as extra support for vulnerable families and individuals.
So far: 306 households have been supported with emergency food; 578 emergency fuel vouchers have been issued; 133 families have been able to go to their local library to collect personal hygiene products; and nine replacement household appliances have been provided for emergency situations or medical reasons.
This is in addition to nearly 65,000 supermarket vouchers handed out to eligible families and children struggling in the run-up to Christmas.
Vouchers worth £15 per child per week were issued during the Christmas holiday to families meeting the low-income criteria, and the same families will automatically receive further vouchers in the February half term.
Councillor Simon Bywater, chairman of Cambridgeshire County Council’s Children and young people committee said: “The welfare of our residents has always been our top priority and I am delighted that so many have been able to take advantage of the excellent winter grants scheme.”
Families and individuals experiencing immediate financial hardship with access to food or essential supplies can contact the Hub by calling 0345 045 5219 or completing the support form on the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough council websites.