Gov to Introduce School Holiday Food Vouchers

A Christmas holiday voucher scheme, to support children who usually receive free schools during term-time, will go before Tynwald this coming week.

On Tuesday, Garff MHK Daphne Caine had asked the Chief Minister what support his gov would make available to families whose usually receive free school meals.

Chief Alf Cannan told the Keys that he expected the Treasury Minister David Ashford to be able to announce a support system in the coming days.

While there has not been an official announcement, the voucher scheme is listed on the Tynwald Business Register for this week’s sitting. The Department for Education’s notes on the Business Register say it is to support those ‘who may be affected by the increased cost of living this winter due to rising fuel prices and inflation’.

If approved, the scheme will provide gift vouchers to qualifying pupils who are registered for free school meals over the Christmas school holiday period.

It means that families will receive grants in the form of gift vouchers which can be exchanged for groceries at approved retailers’ stores on the island.

It will run only for the Christmas holiday school period from December 20 until January 3 2022, with schools reopening on January 4.

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