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Claim free school meals, says council

Published Tuesday, 07 August 2012

Hard pressed families are being urged to find out if their children are eligible for free school meals and potentially save themselves up to £350 a year.

A number of children are believed to be missing out on a free lunch each day so Enfield Council is telling families how to apply and how to find out if they are eligible for the meals.

Parents can find out about free school meals by asking their school or contacting the Enfield Council’s Pupil Benefit Helpline on 020 8379 5367.

Cllr Ayfer Orhan, cabinet member for children and young people, said, “I want to ensure that families know about this. A good midday meal is important for all children. We are urging families to find out more and apply if they are eligible – it could make a big difference to their budgets and the well-being of their children.”

Free School Meals can be awarded to children who attend a state maintained school on a full time basis.

In order to be eligible the parent/carer should be in receipt of one of the following:

    * Income Support
    * Income Based Jobseekers Allowance
    * Employment and Support Allowance (Income Related)
    * Assisted as an Asylum Seeker under part VI of the Immigration Act 1999
    * Child Tax Credit, provided you are not claiming Working Tax Credit  and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190
    * The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
    * Working Tax Credit 4 week ‘run-on’ only.

For more information about Free School Meals please contact: 020 8379 5367

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