Extra funding to keep families warm and well-fed this Easter

Families across Yorkshire and the Humber will receive a boost of more £6.5m this Easter, with councils given additional funding to keep vulnerable children warm and well-fed.

Tuesday, 16th March 2021, 10:15 am
East Riding of Yorkshire will receive £286,842 from the Covid Winter Grant Scheme.

East Riding of Yorkshire will receive £286,842 from the Covid Winter Grant Scheme.

The scheme was introduced in response to the current pandemic, primarily focuses on food and essential utility bills for low-income families. It has meant that councils can ensure that children in their area have the essentials they need.

It will now run until Friday, April 16. The grants are primarily for helping families buy essentials, with at least 80% of funds ring-fenced to be spent on food, energy and water bills, with 20% available for other associated essential costs.

Councils can also offer support to vulnerable individuals and households without children.

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Thérèse Coffey said: “This scheme has helped thousands of vulnerable children stay warm and well-fed during the coldest months.

“While circumstances remain difficult, it is right that we extend it to cover Easter, and I want any worried parent to know there is help at hand.”