Cheshire East council with the help of a wide range of local partners, are distributing vouchers worth £2.2 million on behalf of the Department of Work and Pensions, to support the most vulnerable households across the county with food, utilities, and other essentials over the winter period.
The money is our share of the government’s £500 million Household Support Fund which will run from 6th October 2021 until the 31st of March 2022. The fund is available to support both adults (without dependent children) and families with children and will be made available to vulnerable households who need additional financial support.
Support for children via the grant will be delivered in line with the previous COVID Support Grant, the adults offer is currently under development but will be made available by the end of October.
Currently, over 10,000 individuals from the following groups will receive a £20 worth of food vouchers via their school/college/setting on the week commencing 18th October:
- are in receipt of income related free school meals
- are in receipt of early years pupil premium and two-year funding
- are care leavers up to age 25
- are not in education, employment or training aged 16-18
- are young carers for their parents/carers
You can make additional referrals for food and energy vouchers to support the most vulnerable children and families you work with. Please reserve top up requests for the individuals with the greatest financial difficulties. Currently, this is only open to children and their families whilst we design our adults offer. We know it’s a difficult time for many over the past year, and food and fuel costs have increased, please apply for funding by completing this short form. If you work with a family from one of the above groups, please wait until 1st November before assessing if additional support is required. For further information please see our website: