COVID Local Support Grant
Surrey County Council will ensure help is available for families struggling as we transition out of lockdown, through the Government’s COVID Local Support Grant. It is designed to directly help families and individuals who have been hardest hit by the pandemic, with the majority set aside to ensure children do not go hungry during school holidays.
The council, through schools, will ensure support to all 17,000 children in the county eligible for Free School Meals. There will also be a grant for care leavers, and direct support to families of younger children eligible for the pupil premium.
The remainder of the funding will be given to the Surrey Crisis Fund and made available to residents who are struggling. This money will provide support towards food costs and utility bills, but also emergencies such as replacing broken white goods, to guide people away from long lasting debt.
Surrey County Council will administer the funds, which must be spent by 20 June 2021. As the funding is only available for a limited time, we encourage you to share this message with eligible families. Enquiries should be directed to the Community Helpline: 0300 200 1008. More information can be accessed on the government website or the Surrey Crisis Fund webpage
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