Sefton Council will be providing eligible local families with meal vouchers over the half-term break as food prices continue to rise.

The vouchers are being provided through the council’s Household Support grant funding allocation from the Department of Work and Pensions.

At £25 per week for each child, the vouchers can be used to buy food in-store and online at local supermarkets. They also include £10 to support people’s spending on fuel and energy.

Over last year’s school holidays similar voucher schemes were provided to local families in Sefton.

The council is aiming to continue the scheme into the Easter holidays this April.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing said: “I am pleased that the council is once again able to step in and support families through this week’s half term holiday, at a time when many are facing rising prices in the shops and a huge jump in fuel costs.”

Sefton residents are eligible for meal vouchers if they receive such benefits as income support or jobseekers’ allowance.

Anyone who thinks they might qualify can visit www.sefton.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals.

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