Vouchers are issued on a first-come, first-served basis, and vouchers are now available to any city dweller who receives council tax support, once the criteria for who qualifies are relaxed. They have until next week to apply, and applications close Friday midnight April.
The city council has received funding from the government’s Govt Winter Grant Scheme to fund supermarket vouchers. Previously, vouchers were not available to families who were already supported by activities such as free school meals or self-employment allowances. However, these exemptions have now been removed for the remaining 4,000 vouchers. Anyone who has already applied once can now apply for a second voucher.
Cllr Rebecca Langton, Portfolio Holder for Communities, said: “We are pleased to be able to distribute vouchers for free school meals during the Christmas, part-time and Easter holidays, using funds from the government’s Govt Winter Grant Scheme.
“We know people are still struggling, so we’ve decided to relax the criteria so more people can benefit from the vouchers, which will help put food on the family’s table. . ”
All households will soon be sent a new council tax return for the new year, which will have their unique council tax reference number required as part of the application process.