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

The Covid Winter Grant Scheme will see councils across England share a total of £170 million in additional, ring-fenced funding to help vulnerable families and individuals, with Worcestershire County Council receiving a total of £1,607,260.

This will prevent children from going hungry this winter and ensure local families get the help they need. It builds on the £63 million already provided to councils this year to assist those struggling to buy food and essentials.

This £63 million supported the most vulnerable families and children in Redditch. Support Redditch received £22,000, REST received £10,000, Redditch Foodbank was given £45,000 and Act on Energy £11,806.

To support people during this challenging time, the Government has invested more than £280 billion to protect people’s jobs and incomes through the furlough scheme, grants for the self-employed and other support for business and a £7.4 billion injection to strengthen the welfare safety net this year.

Rachel said:

“No child should ever go hungry, and the extra £1.6 million 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.”