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Two weeks left to apply for free school meals and bills help from your council

Households have just a fortnight left to get part of a £429million pot of government pandemic cash – which can pay for food vouchers or help with your utility bills

The scheme comes to an end on September 30 so make sure you get your application in

Families in England struggling with food and utility bill costs have just two weeks left to get extra help from the government.

This is because the Covid Local Support Grant will end on September 30.

This is a £429million grant government gave to councils to support families in need during the Covid pandemic.

Councils used this cash to help residents with utility bills and buying food.

Between December 2020 and mid-April, almost 6.3million payments went to vulnerable households in England.

Of this amount, 92% of funding has been provided to families with children, and 94% has been used to support households with food or utility bills.

Minister for Welfare Delivery Will Quince said: “This grant is ensuring that thousands of families get help with food and essential utility bills as we move back towards normality.”



Local councils got £429million from government to help local families
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How to apply for help

The support is being provided by the central government, but it will be up to local councils to decide who gets the grants.

This means that each local authority has different criteria for applications and eligibility – they’ve also received different amounts of cash too.

You should contact your council directly to see what support they can offer you – find your local council online here.

Generally speaking, at least 80% of the total funding is being ear-marked to go towards struggling households with children.

The remaining 20% should be spent on other households suffering from poverty in the pandemic – for example, those who can’t afford food and to pay their bills.

The food part of this support could come in the form of cash, vouchers or food boxes, with the support to be decided by the council.



Food vouchers or cash are options you could get, depending on location
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Some local authorities have also been covering free school meals for eligible pupils outside of term-time throughout the funding.

Is my council included?

Here is how much your local council is getting as part of the extension, and how much they’ve received overall:

  • Barking and Dagenham – £818,896; £2,196,176.20
  • Barnet – £928,904; £2,491,204.18
  • Barnsley – £890,458; £2,388,096.57
  • Bath and North East Somerset – £363,954; £976,078.37
  • Bedford – £453,935; £1,217,396.60
  • Bexley – £583,269; £1,564,253.79
  • Birmingham – £4,883,704; £13,097,483.11
  • Blackburn with Darwen – £607,967; £1,630,491.76





  • Blackpool – £663,257; £1,778,772.62
  • Bolton – £1,045,536; £2,803,997.03
  • Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole – £1,005,485; £2,696,584.72
  • Bracknell Forest – £208,202; £558,371.18
  • Bradford – £2,146,233; £5,755,928.64
  • Brent – £1,075,216; £2,883,594.09
  • Brighton and Hove – £814,510; £2,184,413.75
  • Bristol City – £1,543,964; £4,140,717.90
  • Bromley – £709,517; £1,902,835.20
  • Buckinghamshire – £910,592; £2,442,093.64
  • Bury – £582,982; £1,563,485.18





  • Calderdale – £690,834; £1,852,729.95
  • Cambridgeshire – £1,373,638; £3,683,925.23
  • Camden – £737,170; £1,976,998.53
  • Central Bedfordshire – £552,521; £1,481,792.95
  • Cheshire East – £828,679; £2,222,414.26
  • Cheshire West and Chester – £871,009; £2,335,937.12
  • City of London – £18,980; £50,901.64
  • Cornwall – £1,723,828; £4,623,091.30
  • Coventry – £1,216,576; £3,262,704.98
  • Croydon – £1,135,817; £3,046,118.64
  • Cumbria – £1,408,393; £3,777,134.34
  • Darlington – £343,357; £920,841.17





  • Derby – £846,578; £2,270,417.16
  • Derbyshire – £2,052,729; £5,505,161.93
  • Devon – £1,922,592; £5,156,151.50
  • Doncaster – £1,132,714; £3,037,798.06
  • Dorset – £867,909; £2,327,624.22
  • Dudley – £995,863; £2,670,780.21
  • Durham – £1,762,365; £4,726,442.71
  • Ealing – £1,006,101; £2,698,236.77
  • East Riding of Yorkshire – £776,561; £2,082,639.97
  • East Sussex – £1,501,111; £4,025,792.73





  • Enfield – £1,081,923; £2,901,581.73
  • Essex – £3,612,283; £9,687,690.83
  • Gateshead – £696,799; £1,868,727.70
  • Gloucestershire – £1,418,988; £3,805,548.28
  • Greenwich – £910,757; £2,442,535.65
  • Hackney – £1,084,238; £2,907,790.05
  • Halton – £489,377; £1,312,448.37
  • Hammersmith and Fulham – £550,707; £1,476,927.21
  • Hampshire – £2,728,190; £7,316,664.31
  • Haringey – £928,310; £2,489,612.10
  • Harrow – £554,311; £1,486,593.48
  • Hartlepool – £373,599; £1,001,945.27





  • Havering – £625,616; £1,677,823.42
  • Herefordshire – £506,335; £1,357,926.56
  • Hertfordshire – £2,346,853; £6,293,965.58
  • Hillingdon – £782,415; £2,098,338.99
  • Hounslow – £774,943; £2,078,300.91
  • Isle of Wight – £429,972; £1,153,131.30
  • Isles Of Scilly – £3,904; £10,469.52
  • Islington – £825,666; £2,214,333.15
  • Kensington and Chelsea – £444,108; £1,191,041.87
  • Kent – £4,239,152; £11,368,874.99
  • Kingston upon Hull City of – £1,156,816; £3,102,435.58
  • Kingston upon Thames – £323,369; £867,234.85
  • Kirklees – £1,400,255; £3,755,308.60
  • Knowsley – £697,159; £1,869,693.47
  • Lambeth – £1,052,654; £2,823,086.23
  • Lancashire – £3,690,173; £9,896,582.81





  • Leeds – £2,670,642; £7,162,327.45
  • Leicester – £1,319,280; £3,538,144.48
  • Leicestershire – £1,376,153; £3,690,670.12
  • Lewisham – £1,018,831; £2,732,377.38
  • Lincolnshire – £2,092,659; £5,612,250.24
  • Liverpool – £2,295,321; £6,155,764.07
  • Luton – £689,612; £1,849,453.50
  • Manchester – £2,429,569; £6,515,800.82
  • Medway – £855,149; £2,293,403.29
  • Merton – £448,182; £1,201,967.90
  • Middlesbrough – £620,832; £1,664,994.47
  • Milton Keynes – £679,710; £1,822,896.50
  • Newcastle upon Tyne – £1,080,064; £2,896,595.88
  • Newham – £1,274,510; £3,418,076.53
  • Norfolk – £2,579,381; £6,917,577.48





  • North East Lincolnshire – £591,495; £1,586,314.87
  • North Lincolnshire – £501,239; £1,344,261.12
  • North Somerset – £497,328; £1,333,770.94
  • North Tyneside – £607,048; £1,628,026.24
  • North Yorkshire – £1,350,966; £3,623,121.11
  • Northamptonshire North & West- £1,958,320; £5,251,970.00
  • Northumberland – £934,132; £2,505,225.38
  • Nottingham – £1,331,082; £3,569,795.89
  • Nottinghamshire – £2,179,772; £5,845,876.71
  • Oldham – £917,354; £2,460,229.32
  • Oxfordshire – £1,287,441; £3,452,756.35
  • Peterborough – £699,917; £1,877,089.50





  • Plymouth – £871,568; £2,337,435.72
  • Portsmouth – £720,598; £1,932,553.90
  • Reading – £437,174; £1,172,446.50
  • Redbridge – £742,495; £1,991,278.48
  • Redcar and Cleveland – £492,027; £1,319,554.93
  • Richmond upon Thames – £317,042; £850,267.50
  • Rochdale – £881,803; £2,364,885.99
  • Rotherham -£948,137; £2,542,784.28
  • Rutland – £59,315; £159,075.12
  • Salford – £1,025,274; £2,749,656.92
  • Sandwell – £1,321,983; £3,545,392.37
  • Sefton – £922,797; £2,474,825.42
  • Sheffield – £1,967,363; £5,276,221.70
  • Shropshire – £792,126; £2,124,383.22
  • Slough – £447,177; £1,199,272.50
  • Solihull – £532,554; £1,428,242.55





  • Somerset – £1,454,294; £3,900,234.51
  • South Gloucestershire – £535,681; £1,436,629.40
  • South Tyneside – £561,865; £1,506,852.06
  • Southampton – £847,874; £2,273,892.27
  • Southend-on-Sea – £539,943; £1,448,060.37
  • Southwark – £1,046,266; £2,805,954.91
  • St. Helens – £674,186; £1,808,082.40
  • Staffordshire – £2,090,751; £5,607,132.68
  • Stockport – £816,713; £2,190,323.01
  • Stockton-on-Tees – £639,521; £1,715,115.92
  • Stoke-on-Trent – £1,019,838; £2,735,077.32
  • Suffolk – £1,955,696; £5,244,932.67
  • Sunderland – £1,008,813; £2,705,510.30
  • Surrey – £2,001,310; £5,367,262.66
  • Sutton – £434,820; £1,166,132.87
  • Swindon – £578,763; £1,552,169.66
  • Tameside – £841,990; £2,258,112.29





  • Telford and Wrekin – £573,515; £1,538,095.16
  • Thurrock – £492,239; £1,320,123.41
  • Torbay – £471,025; £1,263,229.80
  • Tower Hamlets – £1,132,264; £3,036,590.40
  • Trafford – £553,642; £1,484,798.63
  • Wakefield – £1,185,102; £3,178,294.91
  • Walsall – £1,067,996; £2,864,231.50
  • Waltham Forest – £889,927; £2,386,672.31
  • Wandsworth – £787,019; £2,110,685.97





  • Warrington – £547,428; £1,468,134.18
  • Warwickshire – £1,321,986; £3,545,401.80
  • West Berkshire – £262,483; £703,946.96
  • West Sussex – £1,872,557; £5,021,963.78
  • Westminster – £721,301; £1,934,439.38
  • Wigan – £1,058,388; £2,838,465.06
  • Wiltshire – £1,042,760; £2,796,552.73
  • Windsor and Maidenhead – £222,452; £596,589.25
  • Wirral – £1,152,581; £3,091,077.56
  • Wokingham – £196,426; £526,790.57
  • Wolverhampton – £999,457; £2,680,418.04
  • Worcestershire- £1,512,716; £4,056,915.41
  • York- £392,216; £1,051,874.54




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