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Free School Meals and Uniform Grants


Free School Meals

Free school meals Christmas Payment 

This payment will now cover 3 weeks as schools are switching to blended learning from the 20th of December. Payment will be received by the 23rd of December, amount £58.50. If you do not receive the payment by this date please email: freeschoolmeals@flintshire.gov.uk

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens if my child has to be absent due to COVID?  Do I get a payment like when schools are closed?

Yes – Every school lets us know which children/classes have to be absent for COVID reasons.  If this happens, we get a spreadsheet from your child’s school to let us know.  We will then pay you whilst your child is absent.

How often/when will you pay me in the above situation?

This depends on how long your child is off school for.  If we know from the onset that they are absent due to having either a positive test, or if a whole class/year/school has to isolate, we will pay for 10 school days (2 weeks) at the point we are told as this is the isolation period in line with Government guidelines.  Unlike when schools are closed, we cannot pay until we know your child is absent and schools let us know about this every Friday, as it is logistically easier knowing who has been in school or absent after a full week has passed. This means that a payment for COVID related absence is usually at least a week after we are informed of the absence.

I have a child or another child starting school in September.  Will they automatically get free school meals?

No – You have to apply for FSM for every child.  Once they are in receipt of FSM, you don’t need to re-apply.

I think I’m missing payment/s or I haven’t had a payment/s.  Why is this?

You have to have live claim for FSM to allow us to make payments.  If you haven’t received a payment, it is likely because we do not hold your bank details.  In 2020, we carried out a large exercise with the help of schools to get parents to give us their bank details so that we could pay them, but not everybody replied.  If you think you have missed out on payments, please contact us via email at: FreeSchoolMeals@flintshire.gov.uk

What is free school meals policy?
Free school meals will be provided for pupils whose parents receive:

  • Income Support,
  • Income Based Jobseekers Allowance,
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999,
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance,
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and their annual income does not exceed £16,190,
  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit,
  • Working Tax Credit 'run-on' - the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit or Universal Credit.
  • Universal credit(If earned income is included in the assessment of UC it must be less than £616.66)

Why is it important to apply?
If you are eligible to receive free school meals it is very important to your child’s school that you apply. The school can access funding for children who qualify for free school meals that will allow them to provide targeted support programs, buy equipment and resources etc.

If your child prefers to take a packed lunch or make other arrangements it is still important to register for free school meals so the school can access funding. 

How do I apply?
You must complete an online form to apply for free school meals.

For Enquires
Email: FreeSchoolMeals@flintshire.gov.uk

Uniform Grants

Uniform Grant funding for the 2021/22 academic year is open to applications from 09/07/2021.

We have put together some frequently asked questions (FQA’s below).

Please read these carefully before applying.

You can apply for a Uniform Grants for children starting the following years in September 2021:

Reception, 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10 & 11

For learners in a special school, special needs resource base or Pupil Referral Unit, they must be aged 4, 5, 7, 9, 11 12, 13, 14 or 15 as at September 2021.

Looked after (foster care) children can qualify in any academic year.

In order to be eligible to apply, parents must already be in receipt of, or applying for Free School Meals based on the following income;

• Income Support,

 • Income Based Jobseekers Allowance,

 • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999,

 • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, 

• Child Tax Credit,

 • provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and their annual income does not exceed £16,190, 

• Guarantee element of State Pension Credit,

 • Working Tax Credit 'run-on' - the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit or Universal Credit. 

• Universal credit(If earned income is included in the assessment of UC it must be less than £616.66)


The Funding is also available to all looked after children (Foster Care) of compulsory school age and pupils with no recourse to public funds.You must complete an online form to apply for uniform grants.  Please do not apply if you have already received a uniform grant for your child for the 2020/21 academic year.  You cannot claim twice.

For Enquires Email: FreeSchoolMeals@flintshire.gov.uk

You must complete an online form to apply for uniform grants.

FAQ

I have already received £125 (£200 for year 7) for my child in 2020/21. Does this mean I can apply again in 2021/22?

Yes – Funding is available in every academic year.  If you have claimed in 2020/21, you can now claim again for 2021/22, as long as your child is in one of the eligible year groups listed earlier on this webpage.

I have heard that there is new criteria to pay £125 for laptops or tablets.  If I’ve already had £125 for uniform, can I get this £125 for a laptop or tablet as well?

No – Welsh Government (WG) guidance is very clear; only 1 claim per school year is permitted. If you have already received £125 (£200 for year 7), you cannot claim again.

Why do I have to apply? Can you not just pay me for my children that are eligible?

No – The grants we administer are funded by WG and our grant conditions confirm we have to receive an application from the parent. We also have to retain these for audit purposes and to prove we are paying only for children whose parents meet the eligibility criteria.  We also need to be able to obtain parents bank account details, to enable us to pay the grant money to them.  We cannot do this without an application form.

I need more information or I need to check if I’ve claimed before.

We would kindly ask parents to email us at FreeSchoolMeals@flintshire.gov.uk to find out. We aim to respond to emails within 48 hours.