Our vaccine rollout is helping to turn the tide against Covid, but I know this is still a hugely difficult time for many people.
As we help businesses back on their feet and kickstart recovery in our NHS, it’s also right we continue supporting children and families who’ve been hit the hardest by the pandemic.
I’m glad the Government has extended support for struggling families with an additional £160 million for the Covid Local Support Grant.
This extra funding will help councils across the country support families who are struggling with the cost of food and utility bills as a result of the pandemic.
Kent County Council has been allocated over £4.2 million from this fund to help struggling families in our communities. The funding will run until 30 September, giving families extra support over the summer months.
This new funding is on top of the £11.3 million KCC received from the Covid Winter Grant Scheme, and takes the total support for struggling families in Kent during the pandemic to £15.5 million.
The decision to scale up the Holiday Activities and Food programme to cover all school holidays this year is also good news for struggling families in Kent.