The government has awarded money to local Council as part of the COVID Winter Grant Scheme to provide support to vulnerable households and families with children affected by the pandemic during the winter period.
The funding will be used to help those struggling to meet the cost of food and utility bills. As school holidays can be a particularly challenging time for families, anyone with children eligible for benefits-related free school meals will receive a COVID-19 winter payment. The council use the October 2020 school census data to identify FSM eligible families.
If your circumstances have changed and you want to check if you are eligible for FSM then please check on https://pps.lgfl.org.uk/
Further information about the scheme can be found on the council’s website