Published: Tuesday, 23rd Aug 2022

Young people in Bolton who have left the care system will each receive £100 in supermarket vouchers by the end of next month to help with the rise in the cost of living.

There will be 223 care leavers who will benefit from the vouchers, with an overall value of £22,300.

The funding comes from the government’s Household Support Fund, which was set up in 2021 to target help to those households most in need with the rising costs of everyday essentials.

Councils allocate the funding to address local needs and the priorities in their area.

Bolton Council’s Executive Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Cllr Anne Galloway, said:

“As a council, we are fully committed to supporting young people as they leave the care system and start to live independent lives.

“This can be a difficult transition for them and has been made even more challenging by the rising cost of everyday essentials.

“These vouchers will help ease some of this financial pressure and we will be looking to provide further assistance during the winter months.”

The supermarket vouchers will retain a balance and do not need to be spent in a single transaction.