Below, the County Councils Network responds.
Cllr David Williams, chairman of the County Councils Network, said:
“We welcome today’s announcement of further welfare funding for councils to support families struggling with food and essentials through the pandemic.
“Over recent months, including the recent half term, county authorities have provided vital support to those suffering the most from economic and social hardship created by the Coronavirus.
“It is important that this funding is provided to upper tier local authorities, with maximum discretion to design and tailor schemes locally. We understand the needs of our communities best, and will work with our partners quickly to target support on those most in need.”