Families can apply for vouchers to help their children eat during the Easter school holidays, but they must seek support immediately. Coupons can be spent in supermarkets at a cost of 15 to 15 to 30, depending on where you live, according to The Mirror.
In Kirklees, West Yorkshire, 30-30 vouchers were issued, but in Camden, levels of support are limited to 15, and Norfolk County Council has decided to reject any kind of support. Anyone considering seeking assistance can contact their local authority directly to find out the likely scope of voucher delivery.
How does the coupon system work?
Coupons are usually sent via email or SMS and contain codes that can be scanned in supermarkets. In the summer of 2020, Manchester United and England footballer Marcus Rashford successfully launched a campaign to prevent Boris Johnson’s government from banning free school food funding.
The government then issued £500m to support the family, but divided the money among all UK local authorities, who were allowed to set the level of support they would give to cash-strapped families.
Can you take advantage of free school meals?
Eligibility requirements vary slightly whether you live in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland, but children between the ages of 4 and 16 usually get free school meals if their family needs the following assistance:
- income support
- Income-Based Job Seeker Allowance
- Income related work and support allowance
- Support Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Guaranteed component of pension credit
- Child Tax Credit (provided you are not eligible for the Employment Tax Credit and have annual income of no more than £16,190)
- Employment Tax Credit: Payable within four weeks of ending your Employment Tax Credit qualification
- Universal Credit – If you applied as of April 1, 2018, your household income is less than 7400 00 a year (after tax and without the benefits you receive)
Meanwhile in England all first- or second-year primary school children receive free meals, regardless of family income, and the same is true for first-, second- and third-grade children in Scotland.
Where can vouchers be redeemed?
Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Asda, Waitrose, Marks & Spencer and Aldi are all getting vouchers. Some municipalities will also establish partnerships with local stores where it can be spent.
How is it applied?
Applications are accepted through the child’s school or the local family government. By entering your zip code on the Gov.uk website, you can familiarize yourself with the instructions for applying your card.
Free school meals can also be requested on the same form used for municipal tax support or housing benefits.
Is there any other support you may be entitled to?
Families can receive the following help during or after childbirth:
You can get free NHS dental treatment if you are pregnant at the start of treatment. To receive free dental treatment from the NHS you must have a MATB1 certificate, issued by a midwife or doctor, and a valid Maternity Release Certificate (MatEx)
You also have the right to receive free dental care from the NHS for 12 months after giving birth. To prove your authority, you must show valid maternity leave, a birth certificate (your grandmother will give you this form) and your child’s birth certificate.
Eligible employees can take up to 52 weeks of maternity leave. The first 26 weeks are known as ‘normal maternity leave’ and the last 26 weeks are known as ‘extra maternity leave’. They pay 90% of their AWE before tax in the first six weeks, while the remaining 33 weeks are £156.56 or 90% of their AWE (which is lower). These are the rules for those requesting joint parental leave
If your child is under 18 and you don’t live with another adult, you can claim 25% of your city tax.
All parents can apply for child support. This is a government grant of £21.15 per week for the first child and £14 per week for subsequent children.
The Healthy Start Program helps parents get food stamps. You are eligible if you are 10 weeks pregnant or have a child under 4 years old and are receiving income support or other benefits. Pay slips starting from 25 4.25 per week
If your income is low, you can apply for Income Support, Job Seeker’s Allowance (JSA), or Housing Assistance, all of which can help you with your rent. Here is the benefits guide
If you have a three or four-year-old, you can enroll in the state’s 30-hour free childcare program.
Care to Learn can help with childcare costs for parents who are still studying. This is 160 160 per child per week if you live outside London or 5 175 per child per week if you live in London. All payments go directly to your childcare provider
There are also water tax discounts, free prescriptions, free school trips, uniform discounts, and energy tax discounts you can claim.
I’m Wayne Wickman, a professional journalist and author for Today Times Live. My specialty is covering global news and current events, offering readers a unique perspective on the world’s most pressing issues. I’m passionate about storytelling and helping people stay informed on the goings-on of our planet.