Headlines: Support with food and fuel bills for vulnerable families in Liverpool this winter

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🥫 Vulnerable families in Liverpool are set to receive extra support with food and fuel bills this winter.

Eligible families with children under one, youngsters aged two years who are entitled to free early education, and families with children entitled to free school meals will receive three weeks’ worth of £15 supermarket vouchers per child.

It’s estimated that 30,000 children will benefit, with 350 care leavers also receiving support.

Schools will distribute food vouchers for children entitled to free school meals before the Christmas break.

In addition, families with younger children will receive a letter inviting them to visit their local Children and Family Centre in the new year.

Get vaccinated, get your booster

💉 Directors of Public Health across Cheshire and Merseyside are asking people to get vaccinated, get their booster and look after each other through this challenging winter period.

In a joint statement, they said: “Masks, hand washing, social distancing and ventilation are all vital measures to mitigate this disease, but none more so than being vaccinated against it. That is the number one tool we have.

“If up until now you have not taken up your offer of the vaccine, please book your jab now. The same applies to your booster.

“They are safe, effective and millions upon millions of people across the country have benefited from it. Visit www.nhs.UK/covidvaccine to book now. Stay safe.”

The UK’s biggest indoor funfair returns to Liverpool

🎡 The UK’s biggest indoor funfair opens this weekend in Liverpool, with organisers promising a fun-filled family event in line with the latest government regulations.

Indoor Funfair, at Exhibition Centre Liverpool, is the city’s first large scale family event since last week’s announcement.

John Lowery, director of Indoor Funfair, said: “For those attending, anyone aged 18 or over will need proof of vaccination or proof of a negative lateral flow or PCR test within 48hrs.

All those aged 12 and over are required to wear a face covering unless seated for eating and drinking, participating on the rides or fully exempt.”

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