Universal Credit - Important Information

UNIVERSAL CREDIT - FREE SCHOOL MEALS

We have received the following important information from Newcastle City Council.

 “Did you know that Universal Credit is currently a qualifying benefit for Free School Meals?”

If you receive Universal Credit then your children are entitled to a free meal in school.  Claiming Free School Meals could save you almost £400 per child per year, and could enable the school to gain over £2,000 per year extra funding for every child as well.  Even if your child does not take the free meal, or your child gets a free meal because they are currently in reception or Key stage 1, you should apply now if you have not already. 

From 1 April 2018, the government are introducing a 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 2018.  All children assessed as eligible for Free School Meals by 1 April 2018 will continue to be eligible until at least 2022without the need for further eligibility checks, while Universal Credit is rolled out across the country.

To make sure that you do not miss out please apply now. 

If you receive Universal Credit and are not already claiming Free School Meals for your children, then please visit www.newcastle.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals for more information and to apply.  Alternatively, if you do not have access to the internet, you can collect a Free School Meal application form from Student/Main Reception.

 

Yours faithfully

Newcastle City Council

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