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Free school meals

by Amanda Taylor on 15 April, 2020

During these difficult and uncertain times, many families are facing changed circumstances, including financial ones.

If you have children, it is possible they may be entitled to free school meals. Applying for free school meals not only fulfils the obvious benefit but it also means your child’s school receives pupil premium funding, extra money for children most in need.

If your child is already receiving free school meals, you do not need to do anything as your entitlement remains the same, and your school should be in touch with you.

Are you receiving any of the following:

  • Income Support.
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance.
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance.
  • Child Tax Credit – but no element of Working Tax Credit
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit

If so, and if you have a low income, then it’s worth applying — at www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals.

Schools are closed but are continuing to support eligible families. This support may be in the form of packed lunches, food parcels or food vouchers.

Once your eligibility has been confirmed, your child’s school will inform you of their own specific provision arrangements directly.

If you have any queries in relation to free school meals entitlement please contact the County Council’s Education Welfare Benefits Team on [email protected] telephone them on 01223 703200.

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