Half-term food vouchers for children in Birmingham approved

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Birmingham City Council will help families eligible for free school meals over the upcoming October half-term break get the help they need.

The city council is buying 76,000 supermarket vouchers for school-age children using £1.2m of its Household Support Fund allocation.

Cllr Jayne Francis, cabinet member for education, skills and culture, said: “It’s great news that vouchers are being made available to schools and other educational settings so that those families who most need financial support can access the vouchers this October half term."

She added that the council is determined to offer this support to eligible families and make sure that children can be "properly fed".

Cllr Sharon Thompson, cabinet member for vulnerable children and families, said: "There is huge pressure on some families so this news will provide some reassurance."

She added: "It is noticeable and worrying that the number of vouchers we are providing has increased as the effects of the pandemic continue to hit families incredibly hard, including the end of both the furlough scheme and the universal credit uplift."