£2.2m will be spent supporting Staffordshire families during winter

More than £2.2 million will be spent helping support low income families in Staffordshire throughout winter, council chiefs have said.

Bosses at Staffordshire County Council will use the Government funds to provide food vouchers and essential items to those in need.

Help will be aimed at those eligible for free school meals and children of adults facing financial difficulties as a result of the pandemic.

Alan White, leader of Staffordshire County Council, said: "We know that times are hard for some families at the moment, through no fault of their own.

"Staffordshire County Council has said throughout this pandemic that we will do all we can to help residents through this crisis and this is just another example."

It comes after the authority provided half-term support for more than 17,700 children – with a £15 voucher being sent out to those in need over the school holiday.

Mr White added: "The response to our offer of half term support for low income families was so great that we had already begun planning what we could do to help during the Christmas holidays."

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