Payments for Free School Meals
Half term payment run
Half term payment of £19.50 will reach bank accounts early next week (01.06.2021).
If you have not recieved payment by the end of next week please contact us.
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.