Yesterday (Tuesday 29 June), the Children & Young People’s Committee of Cambridgeshire County Council approved the much needed funding for supermarket vouchers to cover the summer holidays for children who need them.
The vote was passed by Liberal Democrat and Labour councillors, as well as Independent Simone Taylor. Conservative members of the committee abstained.
Labour Councillor Bryony Goodliffe, who chairs the committee, commented on Twitter: ‘We started as we mean to go on. Funding vouchers (free school meals) for the summer holidays and additional funding secured for other families or needs.’
Deputy Council Leader Elisa Meschini commented:
“We made the express promise in the Joint Administration Agreement that we would continue to provide free school meals to eligible children during the school holidays as a crucial part of our wider community covid recovery strategy. We set to work very early on this and identified available resources when it still wasn’t clear what, if anything, the government would be providing towards this crucial work.
“We recognise that eligibility has gone up significantly across the county, and this is a result of the significant financial struggle that people have been facing across the board, and especially in the sectors worst hit by the pandemic. As the end of furlough looms, we will continue to target our support towards the people who need it the most.”
We look forward to many more good things from this committee and from the new Joint Administration on the County Council.