The Government has extended its Covid Winter Grant Scheme and renamed it Covid Local Support Grant. The funding 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.

In addition to supporting families with free school meals during the school holidays, support with costs associated with utilities and other essential items will be available to professionals working with vulnerable households. Southampton City Council will be partnering with various community partners to facilitate this and will be available from 17 April 2021 to 20 June 2021.