Household Financial Support
Test and Trace Support Payment
The Government’s Test and Trace Support Payment offers a lump sum payment of £500 to help people on low incomes who are unable to work while they are self-isolating because they have tested positive for coronavirus or been told to self-isolate by the NHS Test and Trace service.
The Council will be administering the Government scheme in-line with Government guidance.
COVID-19 Hardship Fund
The Government has announced the creation of a £500m Hardship Fund for local authorities to administer, providing support to “economically vulnerable people and households”.
The Government has now provided the Council with the guidance necessary for the Council to begin to administer a scheme.
Free School Meal funding during the Easter holidays
The families of children entitled to free school meals have received supermarket vouchers from the Council.
Food vouchers to the value of £30 have been issued for each eligible child to cover the two week break – roughly the same amount it costs to provide children with a free meal in school. The vouchers can be redeemed at local supermarkets.
Local schools have been distributing the vouchers to eligible families on behalf of the Council.