RE: Changes impacting on the Universal Credit criteria for Free School Meals – April 2018
Did you know that Universal Credit is currently a qualifying benefit for Free School Meals?
If you receive Universal Credit, then your child(ren) may be entitled to a “free meal” in school. Claiming Free School Meals (FSM) could save you almost £500 per child per year, and could enable the school to gain over £900 per year extra funding for every eligible child as well. So even if your child doesn’t take the “free meal” you should apply now if you haven’t already done so.
From 1 April 2018, the Government are introducing a net Universal Credit earning threshold of £7,400 per year for Free School Meal eligibility which means that some families who are eligible now would not be if they apply after 1 April.
It is important that you apply now as all children assessed as eligible for Free School Meals by 1 April 2018 will continue to be eligible until at least 2022, while Universal Credit is rolled out across the country. There would also be no need for any further FSM eligibility checks as well.
To make sure that you don’t miss out APPLY IMMEDIATELY FOR FREE SCHOOL MEALS AND CERTAINLY BEFORE 31 MARCH 2018.
Forms are available on line at http://www2.eastriding.gov.uk/learning/schools-colleges-and-academies/school-meals/free-school-meals/ or by contacting the East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Benefits Section on 01482 394799 or you can visit any East Riding of Yorkshire Customer Service Centre.
Mrs S Bone