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Free School Meals and/or Vouchers

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Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of 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)

Children who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals.

Your child may also get free school meals if you get any of these benefits and your child is both:

If your child is eligible for free school meals, they’ll remain eligible until they finish the phase of schooling (primary or secondary) they’re in on 31 March 2022.

Infant free school meals in England

Your child will be able to get free school meals if they’re in a government-funded school and in:

  • Reception
  • Year 1
  • Year 2.

Tell your local authority if you also get any of the qualifying benefits. Your child’s school can get extra funding if you do.

Stoke on Trent City Council Food Vouchers Scheme

Vouchers will be issued week commencing Monday 19 July 2021.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council has launched two schemes to enable parents access to food vouchers for children across the city. 

Food vouchers for children with an Education and Health Care Plan – Summer Holidays 2021

If you and your family live in Stoke-on-Trent, your child has an Education and Health Care Plan and is educated at home or in a school outside of the city, you may be entitled to a £60 voucher for food for the Summer Holidays 2021. 

If you are eligible you will be sent a voucher by email and/or text so that you can download a voucher for the supermarket of your choice.

If you unable to complete this form online, then please contact 01782 234234 to complete your application over the telephone. 

Food vouchers for pre-school children

Stoke-on-Trent City Council is providing a £60 food voucher for theSummer Holidays 2021 for families with children who live in the city and attend a funded two year old place; or are eligible for Early Years Premium.

If your child attends a school nursery, vouchers will be provided directly from the school nursery . If your child is not at nursery at the moment or attends a private nursery you can apply by completing the form.

There are two forms within the link below so please ensure that the correct form is completed for your child.

  • Form 1 is for children with an Education and Health Care Plan
  • Form 2 is for pre-school children.

**Please do not fill in this form if your child is at school in the city.  Schools will issue a voucher for eligible children. Please contact the school for help if you have not received a voucher by the start of the Summer Holidays. **

Both forms can be found here

Providing school meals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

The guidance on Providing school meals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak was updated on 28th June 2021.

This guidance has been updated to:

  • remove information on the claims window for additional costs
  • confirm the extension of the COVID Local Support Grant funding up to 30 September 2021.

Further information can be found here

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