Free school meal vouchers

·         This support focuses on those eligible for benefits-related free school meals

·         There is no requirement to continue to provide universal infant free school meals to pupils in Reception, Year 1, or Year 2 who are unable to attend school

·         Children must be born between 31/08/04 and 01/09/2014 to be eligible

·         Preschool and early years children are not eligible

·         You will receive a £15 e-voucher, per week, for each eligible child that attends our school (this was previously £10 per week before the national voucher scheme roll out)

·         We cannot claim for children who do not attend Longsight Community Primary (e.g. secondary school children or if a sibling attends a different primary)

·         You may have an older child who is eligible but younger siblings may not be if your circumstances have changed since your last application

 

If you feel you are eligible for Free School Meals, please visit https://www.cloudforedu.org.uk/ofsm/sims and complete the online application

 

Eligibility is based on one of the following benefits :

·         Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods)

·         Income Support

·         Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance

·         Income-related Employment and Support Allowance

·         Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

·         The guarantee element of Pension Credit

·         Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)

·         Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

To complete an application you will need to provide:

·         Your own name and date of birth

·         Contact details

·         National Insurance Number or National Asylum Seekers Number

·         Child’s name and date of birth

·         School your child is attending/will attend.

 

There is also a Hardship Fund – To support to families facing hardship due to the recent issues

The Council are providing a financial grant to parents and carers of the following groups of school age children and young people.

To qualify the family must be:

·         a Manchester resident or supported by our Homelessness Service; and

·         whose family has been hardest hit by the recent issues and may be waiting for benefits to be assessed or have a gap in their income due to being laid off etc.

The contribution towards a lunchtime meal is £2 per day (£10 per week) for each school age child or young person in the household.

 

More information and how to apply is available at https://secure.manchester.gov.uk/info/500361/coronavirus/7938/coronavirus_-_benefits_and_money/4