Household Support Fund
On 30 September 2021, the government announced that vulnerable households across the country will be able to access a new £500 million support fund to help them with essentials over the winter. This funding covers the period 6 October 2021 to 31 March 2022 inclusive.
In March the government announced that they would be extending the funding for a further six months to help the most vulnerable households deal with the rising cost of essentials.
The Household Support Fund is distributed by councils in England to directly help those who need it most. The grant will be distributed, through small payments, to help vulnerable households meet daily needs such as food, clothing, and utilities.
The London Borough of Barnet issue schools with money for them to send supermarket vouchers to parents of children who are entitled to benefit related Free School Meals. The first payment (for the period October to January) was issued in November, and the second payment (for the period February to March) was issued in February and the third payment (for the period April to June) was issued in June.
At Garden Suburb Infant School we use an online system Evouchers.com | Simplifying School Vouchers (previously known as schoolvouchers.com) to issue these to our parents.
All eligible parents will be sent an email by the system and are asked to register, once registered they are able to redeem their vouchers for a supermarket voucher of choice - they can also download an app which makes the process easier.
If parents experience any problems with the system then go to Parent FAQ - evouchers.com where you will find step by step guides and an email address to contact their helpdesk.
There is also a helpful video below which takes you through the process - including how to access your voucher once you have redeemed it for a supermarket gift card: