Rotherham Council aiming to expand voucher scheme for needy families
Published date: 01 February 2013 | Published by: Gareth Dennison
A SCHEME which helped struggling Rotherham families pay for their shopping over Christmas could be extended throughout the year.
Rotherham Borough Council loaned £80,000 to Laser Credit Union and Voluntary Action Rotherham to hand out in vouchers which could be used at the Pak Supermarket, Wellgate, over Christmas.
The project helped 140 people in 11 days and council leader Cllr Roger Stone said : “It was very successful as far as we’re concerned. We are looking at the ways and means of extending that when we take over crisis loans from the DWP.” Read on…….
Success then, for this rapidly arranged scheme and as the council will take over crisis loans, it is bound to be rolled out throughout the borough. The concerns raised about the sole supermarket delivering the redemption side of the scheme, were it’s central location. This might well have had acted as an an impediment to access, as the borough is around 20 miles across at it’s widest point, and many just could not get to Wellgate!
Congratulations, for a change, go to Roger Stone, Laser Credit Union, Voluntary Action Rotherham and the PAK Supermarket!