Struggling families to get free £70 food vouchers from Stoke-on-Trent City Council this summer

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Thousands of families living in Stoke-on-Trent are set to receive free food vouchers from the council. It comes as part of the government's latest Household Support Fund (HSF) payments amid the cost of living crisis.

The HSF provides assistance from the government to individuals who are facing challenges in meeting their essential living expenses such as heating, rent, food, and clothing. Since its launch in April 2021, the HSF has received billions to assist struggling households during the ongoing inflation crisis.

As much as £421m has been made available to County Councils and Unitary Authorities in England to support those most in need with the cost of essentials via the HSF. This particular funding covers the period 1 April 2024 to 30 September 2024.

To help eligible families, the council is due to hand out food vouchers to parents and guardians for children across the city over the coming weeks. Funding is being distributed through grants of up to £5,000 via the government.

A statement on Stoke-on-Trent City Council's website reads: "[We] are distributing support worth £2.6 million on behalf of the UK government, to support the most vulnerable households across the Stoke-on-Trent area with food, utilities, and other essentials.

"The fund will run from 1 April 2024 until the 30 September 2024 and 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."

Who is eligible for the Household Support Fund?

Support will be provided to families where children fall into one of the following categories:

  • They receive free school meals

  • They have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) in place

  • Attend a funded two-year-old place or be eligible to attend a funded two-year-old place

  • Are eligible to receive EYPP (Early Years Pupil Premium) as part of a funded 3 or 4 year old place.

The council adds: "If you and your family live in Stoke-on-Trent, your child has an Education and Health Care Plan and is educated at home or in a school outside of the city; or if your child attends a funded two year old place, or are eligible for the Early Years Pupil Premium, you may be entitled to a £70 voucher for food during the summer holidays.

"If your child is not at nursery at the moment or attends a private nursery you can also apply."

How to apply for the Household Support Fund

To apply, you need to click here and fill out a form on the council's website. However, you should not apply if your child is at school or a school nursery in the city.

Schools and nurseries will issue a voucher for eligible children. Contact the school or nursery for help if you have not received a voucher by the start of the summer holiday.

Do not submit more than one application per child. Applications will be processed within 14 days. Check your Junk e-mail box for any vouchers. Applications will close on Friday, September 6, 2024.

Other sources of support

If you require help with food/essentials, you can contact:

If you require advice and information on energy/fuel costs, you can contact: