Nottingham City Council is urging those eligible to claim a GBP50 supermarket voucher ahead of the deadline on Friday (April 16). Friday is the last day for Nottingham residents to claim the vouchers, available to any residents who receive council tax support. Applications must be made by midnight on April 16.
Issued on a first-come, first-served basis, the vouchers are available to any city residents who receive council tax support, after the criteria for who is eligible was relaxed. The council secured funds from the Government's Covid Winter Grant Scheme to fund the supermarket vouchers. Previously, vouchers were not available to families who were already receiving support through measures such as free school meals or self-isolation payments.
However, these exclusions have now been removed Councillor Rebecca Langton, portfolio holder for communities, said: "We were pleased to be able to distribute vouchers over the Christmas, half term and Easter holidays for free school meals, using funding from the Government's Covid Winter Grant Scheme. "We know people are still struggling and so we have taken the decision to relax the criteria so more people can benefit from vouchers that will help put food on families' tables."
All households will have recently been sent their new council tax statement for the new year, which will hold their unique Council Tax Reference number needed as part of the application process.
Four thousand vouchers were up for grabs when the scheme launched on April 9.
People eligible for the vouchers can apply for them here: https://www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/covid-winter-grant-scheme/