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School Meals / FSM/UIFSM

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The Governments Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM) starts from September 2014 which provides all pupils with a 'free' hot school meal from Reception to Year 2.
 

FREE SCHOOL MEAL eligibility for all children F1-Y6.

 

 

You can make a claim if you fall into any of the following criteria from nursery age onwards (even if your child will receive ‘universal’ infant free school meals Reception(UIFSM) (F2 -Y2):

 

This doesn’t mean your child ‘has’ to have a school meal, they can still bring sandwiches although we will actively encourage the take up of a ‘hot’ meal. 

 

It does mean that your child can receive free milk from Coolmilk up until they are 7 years old, receive a school packed lunch on trips out, receive reduced rate residential trips and can have a ‘hot’ school meal if they wish.

 

School receives £1320 per child (Pupil Premium funding) if they are on our data as ‘eligible’ for free school meals so it is really important if you fit any of the criteria below then please apply.  This funding allows us to provide many benefits to your child during their education at our school (see website section ‘Key Information’ for the Pupil Premium report or ask at the office.

 

Free school meals & milk entitlement

Children may qualify for free school meals if they attend a Nottinghamshire County Council School and the parent/carer receives one of the following benefits:

  • Universal Credit with an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for the four weeks after the person stops qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
  • Child Tax Credit (with no Working Tax Credit) with an annual income of no more than £16,190
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Children who receive income support or income related employment support allowance in their own right are also eligible to receive free school meals (this situation often applies to post-16 pupils in special schools).

Changes to free school meal entitlement - universal credit rollout

From April 2018 the criteria used to determine which pupils are eligible for free school meals was updated to reflect the introduction of Universal Credit and the phasing out of other income-based benefits.

Transitional protection as part of Universal Credit rollout

To ensure families are not disadvantaged during this rollout, protection arrangements have been put in place. 

This means that:

  • Any child eligible for free school meals on 31 March 2018 will retain their eligibility until the end of the rollout, March 2022 regardless of whether their circumstances change.
  • Any child who becomes eligible during the rollout of universal credit (from 1 April 2018 to March 2022) will retain their eligibility until the end of the rollout, March 2022 regardless of whether their circumstances change.
  • Once the rollout of universal credit is complete, no child will lose their entitlement and will continue to be transitionally protected until the end of their current phase of education.

A pupil is only eligible to receive a free school meal when a claim for the meal has been made on their behalf and Nottinghamshire County Council has verified their eligibility.  NCC will continue to use the DfE Eligibility Checking System (ECS) to determine eligibility for free school meals.

Transitional protection is on an individual child basis and not on a family basis.  This means that other children in the family will not automatically be entitled to free school meals.  Children must meet the eligibility criteria at the time the application for free school meals is made in order to be entitled.

 

To apply, please click the link below which will take you to the citizen portal where you complete your details and will get an instant reply whether you are eligible.

https://emsonline.nottscc.gov.uk/CitizenPortal_LIVE/Account/Login?ReturnUrl=%2fCitizenPortal_LIVE

 

Any further queries, please don’t hesitate to speak to the school office.  Thanks

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