Further funding from Government has been provided to councils, allowing families struggling to afford food and essentials over the Easter period to access support in Redditch.

The COVID Winter Grant Scheme, which was introduced in response to the current pandemic, primarily focuses on food and essential utility bills for low-income families.

In December, councils across England shared a total of £170 million in ring-fenced funding to help vulnerable families and individuals, with Worcestershire County Council receiving a total of £1,607,260.

It’s now been confirmed the scheme has been boosted by an additional £59.1 million and will now run until Friday, April 16th.

From this funding boost, Worcestershire County Council will receive an additional £558,760 – taking the total amount Worcestershire has received to £2,166,020.

This extra funding will prevent children in Redditch from going hungry this Easter and ensure local families get the help they need.

In addition to the extended COVID Winter Grant Scheme, the Holiday Activities and Food Programme has been expanded to cover the major school holidays in 2021 – starting with this Easter.

The Holidays Activities and Food Programme provides councils with grants they can use to arrange childcare provision, provide valuable support to families on lower incomes, and give children the opportunity to access rewarding activities alongside healthy meals over the school holidays.

Rachel said:

“No child should ever go hungry, and this extra funding for Worcestershire will ensure families in Redditch that need extra support with food and bills this winter can access it, which is very welcome news.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the volunteers and charities who have been working so hard to support our town’s most vulnerable.

“I will continue to work with the Government to ensure Redditch families continue to get the support they need, not just through the pandemic, but as we recover and rebuild.”