Free School Meal vouchers during COVID19 Lockdown
The Department of Education’s free school meal voucher scheme is now active, and we have been busy contacting our families who receive Free School Meals to arrange it. For information on how the scheme works, please see the information below from the government’s partner, Edenred.
The Edenred site is under a huge amount of traffic currently, as schools around the country are arranging the vouchers their families need. All of our claims have been processed and the vouchers will come to our families as soon as possible.
To redeem your eCode and turn it into a voucher for your chosen supermarket, visit www.freeschoolmeals.co.uk and follow the instructions below:How to redeem your FSM voucher
To be eligible for free school meals:
- You, as the parent or guardian, must receive Child Benefit for the child you are responsible for.
- You must also receive one of the qualifying benefits listed in the list below:
- Income Support (IS).
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (IBJSA).
- An income-related employment and support allowance.
- Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.
- Child Tax Credit (provided you aren’t entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an income that doesn’t exceed the current year’s level).
- The guaranteed element of state Pension Credit.
- Working Tax Credit during the 4-week period immediately after your employment finished.
- Universal Credit: your child is only eligible for free schools meals under Universal Credit if you and your partner have net earnings of less than £7,400 per year. We’ll check your earnings with the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP). This criteria came into place on Sunday, 1 April 2018. However:
- If your child was eligible for free school meals before Sunday, 1 April 2018, they’ll stay eligible until Thursday, 31 March 2022, regardless of if you or your partner’s income changes.
- After Thursday, 31 March 2022, your child will stay eligible until the end of their current phase of education. For example, if your child is in year 4 in 2022, they will remain eligible until they finish primary school but will no longer be eligible for free school meals in secondary school if you and your partner’s net income is more than £7,400 per year.
- Before Sunday, 1 April 2018, any sibling living with a child who received free school meals would automatically qualify. This is no longer the case. This means a child who receives free school meals until March 2022 may have a sibling who is not eligible because their parent’s net income is over the threshold of £7,400 per year at the time their application is made.
Dinners & Free School Meal Information
At Lowerplace School we offer a wonderful varied menu, prepared lovingly by our Catering Team.
Below you can see and print off an example of our menu, which runs on a 4 week cycle. Dinners currently cost £11.00 per week and we request that parents pay in advance. The school office cannot accept cash payments, but you can easily sign up for a SIMS Pay account to pay online. If you prefer not to make online payments, the school office can print a barcode for you to make payments at the Post Office or any Paypoint shop. Please contact the office for more information.
If you would like to pay for school dinners for a whole half-term, the amounts for the 2019-2020 school year are shown below:
Autumn 1 £72.60 (33 days)
Autumn 2 £88.00 (40 days)
Spring 1 £66.00 (30 days)
Spring 2 £63.80 (29 days)
Summer 1 £50.60 (23 days)
Summer 2 £77.00 (33 days)