In March the Government announced the extension of the scheme, which initially ran between November and March, awarding Cambridgeshire an additional £3.58million to support children, families and pensioners struggling to pay for essential items, food and utility bills.
Government guidance for this round is slightly different, so as a result, the County Council will be offering the following schemes using the funding:
- £1.96m for the provision of food vouchers with a value of £15 per child per week, for the 2022 May half term and summer holidays. Schools and childcare settings, including childminders, will be contacted directly and eligible parents will be notified.
- £1.2m to support households that include a person who has reached state pension age (66) by 30 September 2022 and are experiencing financial hardship in line with the requirements of the scheme.
- A boost for other services supporting those most in need
The County Council is partnering with Age UK to provide financial support for those of state pension age who are in financial need. People will also be offered wider support, such as access to benefits, support with securing the right energy tariff etc, to support them to manage their finances independently longer term.
Anyone not sure if they are eligible for support can take a look at the Household Support Fund pages on the County website Household Support Fund – Cambridgeshire County Council to see what funding is available and how to access help.