Free School Meals
Free School Meal Update
We have now successfully implemented the free school meal online voucher system across all YHCLT schools and, whilst some teething issues have been experienced, vouchers now seem to be reaching all parents across the Trust.
We have increased the value of these vouchers from £11.50 to £16.10, this value will revert to £15.00 once the online software allows us to implement the national amount funded by the government.
As previously communicated please contact us by email if you are experiencing any issues with accessing these vouchers on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Changes to Free School Meals during the Coronavirus school closure
Free school meals are changing to a voucher system for all eligible families. The school will not be providing Free School Meals from Wednesday 25th March until further notice.
Eligible families will receive a text to the mobile phone number that the school holds for you. It is essential that this phone number is up to date.
In the text will be a link to a website. You will be asked to say at which supermarket you would like to redeem the voucher. Your phone will then receive the voucher.
The voucher will be worth £2.30 per day for each child (in a 5 day week that's £11.50 per child each week). You will receive a text each week which includes the voucher for the week ahead.
We have set up an email address - email@example.com - to support any parents or carers who are having issues with this new system. Please email any questions rather than contacting school.
Who is eligible for free school meals?
Free school meals are available to pupils in receipt of, or whose parents are in receipt of, one or more 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 In addition, the following pupils will be protected against losing their free school meals as follows (please see page 10 for further details):
• Once Universal Credit is fully rolled out, any existing claimants that no longer meet the eligibility criteria at that point (because they are earning above the threshold or are no longer a recipient of Universal Credit) will continue to receive free school meals until the end of their current phase of education (i.e. primary or secondary).
The Universal Credit rollout is currently expected to complete in March 2022
A pupil is only eligible to receive a free school meal when a claim for the meal has been made on their behalf, and their eligibility has been verified by the school where they are enrolled or by the local authority.