FSM update

6th April 2020

Dear Parents 

 

We hope you are all well and keeping safe.   

 

Just a brief update regarding *free school meals vouchers. The Department of Education told schools that these would be made available after the Easter holidays. However on Saturday Mr Gove changed this and said they would be available during the holidays. This is brilliant and welcomed but has given us very little time to implement.

We are busy uploading emails and contact details but the online system is not coping well under the amount of demand from all schools in the country. 

So just to assure you we are working behind the scenes to solve this and they will hopefully be released as soon as possible. 

 

Many thanks and take care

Mrs Thompson

 

*Free school meals are classed as those families who 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)

 

If you think you are entitled to FSM and have not applied you can do via this weblink:

https://www.newcastle.gov.uk/services/schools-learning-and-childcare/help-school-and-learning-costs/apply-free-school-meals