Westminster Labour funding free school meals and activities
Westminster Labour funding free school meals and activities

This summer, Westminster’s new Labour council is helping families and young people facing the Conservative cost-of-living-crisis.

Free school meal vouchers will be provided to all eligible children during the school holidays, giving families £15 per child per week of supermarket vouchers.

For the first time, Labour’s expanding the Holiday Activity and Food (HAF) programme with new funding to ensure more young people aged 0-25 are covered. This means more young people in Westminster can join free activities run by local organisations, from swimming and basketball to music and drama, as well as days out to exhibitions or parks. Activities include a free meal.

The £1.35m of support will help families struggling with childcare and costs over the summer, and will include children with special educational needs and disabilities.

Councillor Tim Roca, Cabinet Member for Young People, Learning and Leisure said:

“We know that the rising cost of living is hitting our residents hard, particularly families on low incomes.

We want to ensure that children in Westminster and their parents and carers feel supported and that is why we have increased our funding to the HAF programme this summer.

We urge parents, carers and young people in Westminster who are experiencing hardship to reach out for support.”


One of the biggest’s stresses for families during the holidays is the cost of uniforms for the coming year – especially if your child is graduating to secondary school.

That’s why Labour is annoucing new funding for a School Uniform Support Scheme, providing £31 to schools for each eligible child in Reception, and £150 for each eligible child in year 6 moving onto secondary school, to help with the costs of primary and secondary uniforms.

This is on top of existing support through schools and Westminster’s Early Help services.

Councillor Tim Roca, Cabinet Member for Young People, Learning and Leisure said:

“As a new council administration we are determined to be on the side of residents. We know that a lot many of Westminster families are struggling with the rising cost of living, and the council is committed to helping those on the lowest incomes wherever we can.

“That’s why I’m proud to announce this new grant  funding of up to £85,000, providing direct support to our most disadvantaged families to help with school uniform costs. ”


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