Free School Meals and Welfare Provision Scheme
23 March 2017 (by admin)
Help with food costs while schools are closed
ATTACHED IS INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO APPLY. PLEASE CHECK YOU ARE ELIGIBLE BEFORE APPLYING.
We want to ensure that all our children and young people have access to a lunchtime meal.
We have the following arrangements in place to support families during this period:
Please read this information carefully before making application
Free school meal pupils - School age children who would normally receive a free school meal from the school
This is based on household income or due to being an asylum seeker.
The government has advised that they expect to have a new scheme up and running in the near future. They intend to issue vouchers directly to families. This will not be up and running for a few weeks.
Because of this, we will have to make local arrangements to support families until the national voucher scheme is in place. This week (wb 23/03/20) we have been providing lunches for FSM children, however the Council will now be making payments on their behalf.
The contribution towards a lunchtime meal is £2.00 per day (£10 per week) for each school child or young person in the household.
The Council will be able to pay this money within a few days by the following methods
- A bank transfer into a nominated bank account
- A secure text message that can be used to access cash from a range of Paypoint outlets in the city
- A voucher that can be printed and can then be exchanged for cash from a range of Paypoint outlets in the city.
Parent’s can make an application please submit a request via the Council’s Welfare Provision Scheme.
Hardship - To support to families facing hardship
Because schools have closed and some families are facing additional financial challenges due to the Covid 19 virus, the Council want to provide support to families, who most need it.
They are providing a financial grant to parents and carers of the following groups of school age children and young people.
To qualify the family must be:
- a Manchester resident or supported by our Homelessness Service; and
- whose family has been hardest hit by the recent issues and may be waiting for benefits to be assessed or have a gap in their income due to being laid off etc
To make an application, families need to submit a request via the Council’s Welfare Provision Scheme.
The costs of support to families facing hardship will be met by the Local Authority and will still be offered after the national voucher scheme for FSM is launched.