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Perennial Provides Back-To-School Support For Hard-Hit Families

29 Jun 21

As the costs of children returning to school increases so do the strains on family finances. There is support available now from Perennial, the UK’s only charity dedicated to helping everyone who works in horticulture. They are encouraging parents to contact them now for support and advice with the costs of getting ready to go back to school in September.

Despite careful budgeting, many families working in horticulture are finding it difficult to meet the everyday costs of raising a family. According to a report by The Trussell Trust in May 2021, there was a 49% increase in the number of children supported by their food banks over a year from March 2018-19 and March 2019-20. The COVID-19 pandemic will have exasperated an already critical situation for many families as reported by The Children’s Society.

Government support can include free school meals, school uniform and financial assistance, but many parents are not aware that they may be eligible or how to access it. With significant variations in the system both across local authority areas of England and across Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland parents also face a postcode lottery.

But help is available, and Perennial is here to help people working in horticulture to access the support they are entitled to. The professional and friendly team at Perennial can help families access government support and financial assistance, where at least one parent or carer works in horticulture. Parents are encouraged to act now to ensure that they don’t miss out by calling the Perennial helpline on 0800 093 8543 or visiting their website to find out more about how they can meet the costs of child’s schooling and plan ahead for the future.
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