Decision to support families with children entitled to free school meals by providing a food vouchers during the May half term period.
The free school meal system is an important
component of the support that is provided to low-income families.
Providing vouchers in the school holidays for children entitled to
free school meals is an extension to this support and will benefit
over 4350 children. Through this proposal, primary and secondary
aged school pupils who are eligible for benefits related free
school meals will receive a food voucher of £15 for the week
of the May half-term period.
Consumer prices, as measured by the Consumer Prices Index (CPI), were 10.10% higher in March 2023 than a year before. Low-income households spend a larger proportion than average on energy and food so will be more affected by price increases.
Herefordshire Council has received an allocation of £2,659,203.57 from the Department of Works and Pensions under the Household Support Fund. The expectation is that the funding should be used primarily to support households in the most need, particularly those including children and pensioners who would otherwise struggle with energy, food and water bills as well as other essential costs.
By utilising the funding from government, this will have a positive impact on low income families and child poverty by minimising the debt burden on those that struggle to pay essential bills.
Decision type: Non-key
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Notice of proposed decision first published: 18/05/2023
Decision due: 15 May 2023 by Director of Resources and Assurance
Contact: Andrew Lovegrove, Director of Resources and Assurance Email: Andrew.Lovegrove@herefordshire.gov.uk.