KCC announces dedicated helpline for free school meals support this half-term

MEDIA RELEASE

MONDAY 26th October 2020

 

 

KCC announces dedicated helpline for free school meals support this half-term

 

Kent County Council has announced vouchers for food are available during half-term for families whose children are eligible for free school meals, so that no Kent child goes hungry.

The county’s families most in need will receive supermarket vouchers for each eligible child to ensure they are able to feed their children outside of term time. A dedicated helpline has been set up and is now open so that Kent’s low-income families are able to quickly and easily access the help they need when they need it most, including during the school holidays. Families who apply will receive one voucher of £15 per child.

The announcement comes after KCC Leader Roger Gough pledged that no child should ever go hungry during school holidays, or at any time. Speaking after today’s announcement, Mr Gough said: “Kent County Council and our partners in district and borough councils have already helped thousands of Kent residents, including families with school-aged children, since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“At the weekend, with the half-term holiday approaching, I reminded residents about the help the Kent Together helpline and webpage offer and urged anyone who was struggling to contact us. This dedicated helpline will streamline and speed up the process so we can get urgent help to those that need it.

“We have now taken that offer of help a step further, setting up a dedicated helpline families can call to apply for vouchers for Free School Meals to be used in a local supermarket during the school holidays.

“This support for families in need has always been in place. I hope, though, that this helpline will enable people who need urgent help to get it, and to get it quickly.

“Now, more than ever, it is imperative that we support the most vulnerable within our community. I hope that this service will quickly provide families with the help they need and ensure that no child in Kent is left to go hungry.”

Anyone eligible for free school meals who needs extra financial support to help feed their children can now visit www.kent.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals or call the dedicated helpline on 03000 41 24 24. You have until next Monday 2nd November 5pm to apply.

Meanwhile, the KentTogether helpline remains open for any other Kent resident who needs support with food, collection of medication and prescriptions and other urgent needs during the pandemic, 24 hours a day. You can get help by visiting www.kent.gov.uk/kenttogether  or calling 03000 41 92 92.

Urgent Road Closure – Valley Road, Fawkham – 16th October 2020

It will be necessary to close Valley Road, Fawkham from 16th October 2020 for up to 1
day.
The road will be closed from Sun Hill to Manor Lane.
The alternative route is via Brands Hatch Road, Fawkham Road, A20 London Road, Ash
Lane, South Ash Road, The Street, Ash Road, Chapel Wood Road, Ash Road, Hartley Road,
B260 Main Road, Fawkham Road and Valley Road.
It is planned that the road will be closed between 16:30 hrs and 19:30 hrs each day.
This is to enable carriageway patching to be carried out by Kent County Council.

For details of roadworks, please see One.Network
KCC Highways, Transportation & Waste: keeping you up to date with what’s happening on
our roads – for more information visit https://www.kent.gov.uk/roads-and-travel or follow
us on Twitter https://twitter.com/KentHighways

Valley Road closure 8th-9th August

Kent County Council will be working to improve the road surface of Valley Road, Fawkham between the junctions of Sun Hill and Scudders Hill. These road surface improvement works are programmed to start on the 8th Aug 2020 and should take 2 days to complete. These activities will be undertaken during a working window between the hours of 7am and 7pm.

It is inevitable that residents and businesses near the works will experience some disruption, but KCC will try to keep these to a minimum. Vehicle access to properties will need to be restricted for a short period while work is carried out in front of each property. If you have any particular access needs, please let the workforce on site know and they will do their best to help you.

Generally, within 14 days of completing the works the road markings will be reinstated and within eight weeks the ironworks (road drain covers, manhole covers etc.) will be adjusted to suit the new surface.

Further information on the work being carried out can be found here: KCC information about the resurfacing of Valley Road