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Cash boost aims to prevent Redditch children going hungry over Easter holiday

Harry Leach 6th Apr, 2021

A FURTHER £558,760 has been made available to help prevent Worcestershire children going hungry over the Easter break.

The cash injection is part of the Covid Winter Grant Scheme which was introduced last year to help low-income families.

Councils in England were awarded £170million in ring-fenced funding, with Worcestershire County Council receiving £1,607,260 of that total.

But the authority’s total amount has been boosted to £2,166,020 and the scheme has been extended until Friday, April 16.

This extra funding aims to prevent children from going hungry over the Easter holiday by ensuring local families get the help they need.

The Government’s Holiday Activities and Food Programme, which helps with childcare provision, has also been extended.

Redditch MP Rachel Maclean said: “No child should ever go hungry and this extra funding for Worcestershire will ensure families in Redditch who need extra support with food and bills this winter can access it.

“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.”

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