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Free School Meals

Free School Meals – Free Meal Entitlement Criteria

Free School Meals is a benefit awarded in respect of statutory school age children in full time education where the parent or guardian is in receipt of one of the benefits shown below:

  • Income Support;
  • Income Based Jobseekers Allowance (IB JSA);
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999;
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income, as assessed by the Inland Revenue that does not exceed £16,190 from 6th April 2013.
  • The Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit.
  • Employment Support Allowance (ESA(IR))

 

  1. Children in receipt of Income Support and Income Based Jobseekers Allowance (IBJSA) in their own right are also entitled to free school meals.

By Law no other category of support payment or combination of Tax Credits qualify for free school meals. Similarly, there are no other circumstances that can legally justify the provision of a free meal.

 

Contribution-based Job Seekers Allowance (CBJSA), Working Tax Credit and Invalidity Benefit do not qualify; also being in receipt of both Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit does not qualify.

Proof of income is not required at this time.

Please Note: Free School Meal applications will not be backdated.

If you stop receiving qualifying payments, or if you change to another type of support payment you must inform School and Family Support team immediately. Your child may no longer be eligible to receive a free school meal. If you continue to claim free meals to which you are not entitled you will be required to pay for the meals provided and further action may be taken.

 

Renewal of Free School Meals

If you are already claiming free school meals for your child, for each new school year, this entitlement will automatically follow your child. However, if your child is moving to a new school (i.e. moving from primary to secondary school, commencing Reception or transferring to a school within Neath Port Talbot) a new application will have to be submitted by using this form:

FSM Application Form

 

Any queries in relation to free school meals please contact Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council, Schools and Family Support Team on 01639 763515 or email: fsm@npt.gov.uk.

 

School Clothing Grant – Grant Entitlement:

The Local Education Authority and Welsh Assembly Government offer a school uniform clothing grant to families to help support them with the cost of school clothing.

The Welsh Assembly Government School Uniform Grant Scheme provides a grant of £105 to each pupil entering Year 7 of secondary school or attending a special school aged 11 at the start of the school year that are eligible for free school meals. Accordingly, children of families in receipt of the following will be eligible.

  • Income Support (IS);
  • Income Based Jobseekers Allowance (IBJSA);
  • Child Tax Credit, provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual taxable income, that does not exceed£16,190;
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999; or
  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit.
  • Employment Support Allowance (ESA(IR))

Families with children who live in the Borough who are in receipt of Income Support, Income Based Job Seekers Allowance, Guarentee element of State Pension Credit, Child Tax Credit, provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual taxable income that does not exceed £16,190 should qualify for a school clothing grant for their child/children.

 

Forms should be returned to

Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council,

School and Family Support Team,

Civic Centre,

Port Talbot,

SA13 1PJ.

 

Any queries please contact the Schools and Family Support Team on 01639 763515 or email: fsm@npt.gov.uk.

 

A copy of the School Clothing Grant application form can be found here:

WAG Clothing Grant

 

Closing date for applications is 31st October every year.