Northamptonshire pupils eligible for free school meals will get support during Easter holidays

The two new unitary authorities have pledged to continue to offer this support after April 1

Monday, 8th March 2021, 5:05 pm
Updated Monday, 8th March 2021, 5:06 pm

Northamptonshire pupils - who are eligible for free school meals - will receive support during the Easter Holidays, Northamptonshire County Council have announced.

This will be funded by the government's Covid Winter Grant Scheme - just as it was when children eligible for free school meals were supported over the Christmas holidays and February half term.

Some of the grant is being used to allow schools to distribute shopping vouchers to families with children who are eligible for free school meals across Northamptonshire.

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Children eligible for free school meals will be supported over the Easter holidays.

Leader of the county council cabinet, Cllr Matt Golby, said: “I’m delighted that we’re able to continue this support for the families and pupils who are in most need of our help.

“I’m very pleased that we have been allocated this money from the government as it will help make sure that we can continue to do everything we can to support people in the county through this pandemic.”

Whilst Northamptonshire County Council has so far distributed this funding for the vouchers, the two new unitary authorities have pledged that they will continue to offer this support after April 1.

Leader of the North Northamptonshire Shadow Authority, Cllr Russell Roberts, said: “This is exactly the sort of scheme which makes a massive difference to a child’s life and I’m proud that North Northamptonshire Council is committed to continuing to use some of the Covid Winter Grant to support pupils in receipt of free school meals during the Easter Holidays.”

Leader of the West Northamptonshire Shadow Authority, Cllr Ian McCord, added: “I’m delighted that West Northamptonshire Council is in a position to continue this support to our pupils who are in most in need of help. It’s essential that we do everything we can to help people get through this pandemic.”