Free school meals vouchers - update
Posted on : 29 Jun 2023
We hope this letter finds you well. We are writing to inform you about an important update regarding the provision of free school meals vouchers during the summer holidays.
As you know, the Welsh Government introduced the holiday provision for free school meals as a temporary measure in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, aiming to support families in need during these challenging times. However, we regret to inform you that the Welsh Government has, today, made the decision to withdraw funding for the free school meals voucher scheme during the upcoming summer holidays and beyond.
As a result of this decision Caerphilly CBC will not be able to provide free school meal vouchers as per previous school summer holidays.
We understand that this news so close to the summer holidays will be very disappointing for many families who have benefited from the free school meals provision in previous holiday periods.
Whilst we cannot do anything about Welsh Government’ s decision, the Council would like to highlight a range of alternative options to help support families affected by this decision.
Government Support Schemes: The Welsh Government offers various support schemes, including welfare benefits such as Universal Credit, which can provide financial assistance to families in need. More information here https://www.gov.wales/help-cost-living
Caerphilly CBC Cost-of-Living support: We have developed a ‘one stop shop’ on the CCBC website where lots of cost-of-living support measures can be found in one place – www.caerphilly.gov.uk/cost-of-living-support
Local Food Banks: Local food banks are available to provide essential food items and support to families experiencing financial hardship. They can assist you in accessing the necessary provisions during the summer holidays. We have compiled a list of local food banks and their operating hours, which you can find on the Caerphilly CBC Website.
We understand that this change may lead to additional inquiries and concerns. Please be assured our Caerphilly Cares team is here to support and guide you through these challenges. If you have any questions or need assistance in accessing alternative resources, please do not hesitate to contact the team.
By phone: 01443 811490 | Email: email@example.com
The Caerphilly Cares team are available during office hours. Monday – Thursday (8.30am-5pm) and Friday. (8.30-4.30pm).
Thank you for your ongoing cooperation and patience.
Director of Education and Corporate Services.