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14,000 supermarket vouchers to be issued to eligible families over the school summer holidays

26 June 2023

Eligible families in Peterborough will again be receiving supermarket vouchers for the school summer holidays.

Two £25 vouchers will be sent automatically to eligible families using school data and information held by the city council on 22 July and another £25 voucher will be sent again on 12 August. The vouchers will be sent by email and/or text to the nominated parent or carer. The vouchers must be claimed by 4pm on 29 September. In total, over 14,000 vouchers will be issued, totalling over £700,000.

Those eligible for the vouchers will be pupils who meet the following criteria:

  • Early Years Pupil Premium

  • Children eligible for income related funded two-year-old education

  • Eligible for income-related Free School Meals

  • Students eligible for 16+ bursary.

The council is urging families to check whether they may be eligible for free school meals during term time, which in turn would make them eligible for supermarket vouchers and holiday activity scheme places in the holidays.

Families currently paying for school meals would save around £450 a year for each primary school child if they were entitled to free school meals. Providing free school meals can add up to £2,000 a year in government funding to a school’s budget.

Any child eligible for income-related free school meals, or any of the other criteria listed above, will automatically receive a voucher for the summer break. Any children who become eligible up to 31 August will also a receive voucher. This will be sent when the council is notified of a change in personal circumstances.

Councillor Lynne Ayres, Cabinet Member for Children's Services, Education, Skills and University, Adult Social Care and Public Health, said: “It has been a tough few years for many people following the pandemic and now with food and energy prices rising dramatically. I am pleased that we are able to help families who rely on income-related free school meals during the term time are able to get further support in the summer school holidays to make sure their children don’t go hungry.”

Only those families which are eligible for free school meals and have applied will receive the vouchers. If you think you might qualify and could be saving money, please apply via our website: https://www.peterborough.gov.uk/residents/schools-and-education/holiday-voucher-scheme