Thousands of families in Bolton have received extra support to help cover extra costs over the summer holidays.

Bolton Council has issued digital supermarket vouchers with a value of £70 per child to families with children who qualify for free school meals.

The offer has also been extended to pre-school age children who meet the same criteria.

Overall, 15,000 vouchers have been issued with a total value of £1m, using money from the government’s Household Support Fund.

This is in addition to the popular HAF scheme, which has returned this summer with a programme offering fun activities, healthy meals and cooking classes.

Bolton Council’s Executive Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Cllr Anne Galloway said: “We know that many families struggle financially with the extra cost of food during the long summer holiday.

“These vouchers will ease some of this pressure to help make sure no child in Bolton is left behind during the school break.

“Together with the HAF programme, which runs for four days a week for four weeks of the summer holidays, there is plenty of support available for Bolton families this summer.”