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11 June 2020

Government confirms £63m of new funding for local authorities to help those struggling to afford food and other essentials

Introduced by

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Department for Work and Pensions

Targeted at

Local authorities


Announced on 10 June 2020 in Prime Minster's Question Time and confirmed on 11 June

Stated aims

To 'help those who are struggling to afford food and other essentials due to coronavirus'


In Prime Minister's Question Time (PMQs) Boris Johnson states: 'ff course, we do not normally continue with free school meals over the summer holidays, and I am sure that is right, but we are aware of the particular difficulties faced by vulnerable families. That is why we are announcing a further £63m of local welfare assistance to be used by local authorities at their discretion to help the most vulnerable families.' The funding will be distributed to local authorities to provide support to their communities (eg as provision of cash payments, food vouchers etc).


Gov.uk press release