Fylde MP Mark Menzies has backed more than £9 billion of welfare funding for families in need since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
He said: “Since the start of Coronavirus, I have voted for £9 billion of additional welfare funding for families including an increase of £1,000 for those on Universal Credit, increased housing allowance, a £180 million fund to help families struggling with rent, and a further £63 million for local authorities to use on welfare assistance. A good deal of those measures were opposed by Labour.
“School meals were extended through summer because children had not been in school since March and families faced those additional food costs. Some 99 per cent of those children are now back in school getting those free meals.
“All of these measures are to help ensure families in need are looked after. This Government also extended the eligibility for free school meals to 50,000 more children than previous administrations.”
It is vital any families in need approach the Community Hub at Fylde Council, Rather than just issuing vouchers for food, agencies will help identify any family issues with benefits, debt, health, mental health and social care to ensure families receive as much help as they need.