Knowsley Council has been awarded £1.9m from the Government’s Household Support Fund which was established to support vulnerable households with essentials over the winter period. It can be used to meet daily costs such as food, clothing and heating.
As part of their allocation, Knowsley Council will be funding free school meals over the Christmas school holidays, but it has also agreed to provide an additional payment of £30 per pupil who is means tested (£15 in December and £15 in January).
Cllr Jayne Aston, Cabinet Member for Resources, said:
“We know that the festive period can be incredibly challenging for our families with spiralling costs. It is important that we provide support when it is needed and where it is needed and the festive period is definitely when it is needed.
“During the Christmas school holidays, families are at home more and more food is consumed so as well as funding the daily free school meal allowance in December, we also wanted to ensure families had a little bit extra to go some way to helping with the extra food costs.
“Given the additional expenses incurred over Christmas, we also know that there is little money left over as we approach January. The additional payment we are making in January will hopefully go some way to alleviate some of these pressures.
“Given the last two years we have endured, we all want to enjoy the festivities and I’m sure the extra school meals allocation will be appreciated by our families.”
The funding allocated will support more than 8,200 children and their families in Knowsley over the festive period.