Tuesday, 8 December 2020

Free School Meal During the Christmas Holidays

Havering Council has launched a new package of financial support to help residents through the winter months. The COVID Winter Grant Scheme will allow the Council to help the most vulnerable households and families with children who have been worst affected by the pandemic.

This help means low-income families will be able to claim cash payments of £170.00 a month to help with heating and other essential utility bills. Meanwhile individuals or smaller households with low incomes can also get £100 per month to keep their homes warm this winter.

Residents can apply for support online through the existing DABD online application form, and DABD will then follow up applications by phone. People can view the full eligibility criteria and apply for support at: https://www.havering.gov.uk/info/20012/housing_benefit_and_council_tax_support/463/money_advice_and_benefits_help/3

The Winter Grant Scheme also includes the continued support to ensure no child goes hungry during the school holidays.

The Havering Christmas 2020 School Meal Holiday Scheme provides £30 per child over the two week Christmas holiday period for children who are of statutory school age and who are eligible under for benefit related free school meals during term time.

If parents/carers received payment for the October half term support scheme, they do not need to apply for the Christmas 2020 scheme and will receive money into their nominated bank account automatically.

If parents/carers did not apply in October but wish to do so now, or their circumstances have changed and are now eligible for benefit related free school meals, they can apply using the link below;

www.havering.gov.uk/covid19mealsupport

 Applications open on 30 November 2020 and close on 11 December 2020.

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