Government Free School Meal Vouchers
3 April 2020 (by schoollogin)
Information about entitlement to Free School Meals
Since the government announced their scheme for Free School Meal (FSM) vouchers this week, we have had some enquiries from families about how to claim a voucher.
The voucher (or food hamper/meal service if schools prefer) is just for families that have applied to the Local Authority for support with FSM because they receive the following:
- 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 guaranteed 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 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)
The school gets a list of families that have successfully applied to the Local Authority for FSM. It is these families that are entitled to the voucher/hamper from the government. We have already emailed all families that are entitled to FSM about how and when the vouchers will be sent to them.
The Universal Infant Free School Meal (UIFSM) is another government scheme, providing all children in Reception and Key Stage 1 with a free daily lunch in term time. This free meal initiative has not been included in the government scheme for vouchers.