East Sussex gains more than £500k to care for vulnerable families this Easter

A boost to the Covid Winter Grant Scheme means East Sussex has gained more than £500k to cover the two-week Easter break.

The grant scheme, which aims to help vulnerable children stay warm and well-fed, sees councils given additional funding by the government and focuses on supporting low-income families with food and essential utility bills.

East Sussex has been given £554,473 in extra support as part of the £7.6m given to 19 councils in the south east for the scheme to run until April 16.

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Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Thérèse Coffey said, “This scheme has helped thousands of vulnerable children stay warm and well-fed during the coldest months of the year.

“While circumstances remain difficult, it is right that we extend it to cover Easter and I want any worried parent to know there is help at hand.”

During the first two months of the scheme half the £170m was spent - benefitting almost two and a half million vulnerable households.

This is all part of the government’s long-term plan to tackle poor health, hunger and education.

In addition to this scheme being extended, the Holiday Activities and Food Programme has been expanded to cover the major school holidays in 2021 – starting this Easter.