Christopher Whiteside MBE is Conservative County Councillor for the Egremont North and St Bees Division of Cumbria County Council. The division includes St Bees, Bigrigg, Wood End, Moor Row, part of the Mirehouse area of Whitehaven, and surrounding countryside.
He is also deputy chair (political and campaigning) of the North-West region of the voluntary wing of the Conservative party.
Chris lives and works in Copeland with his wife and family.
Monday, November 09, 2020
The government's Winter Support Package
Yesterday the government unveiled a Winter Support Package to make sure children and families get the help they need. We all want to make sure no child goes hungry over the Christmas holidays so we can continue to improve life opportunities and level up across the country.
That’s why the government is continuing to provide financial support to local authorities with a £170 million COVID Winter Grant Scheme and tripling existing funding to up to £220 million for the Holiday Activities and Food programme.
In addition, the government is increasing the value of Healthy Start vouchers which support pregnant women or those with children under four who have a low income and are in receipt of benefits to buy milk, fresh fruit and vegetables and have pledged additional funding of £16m for food distribution charities.
Fundamentally, Conservatives believe the best people to feed their children are parents themselves. This package will enable local authorities to target support where it is needed the most and support families who are in particularly challenging circumstances due to