FSM and UIFSM
14 April 2020 (by Angela Gilmartin (Mrs Gilmartin))
Pupils in Reception, Year 1 & 2 are automatically entitled to Universal Infant Free School, But will NOT receive a hamper or vouchers while they are off school due to COVID-19. YOU MUST CLAIM FOR FSM.
Pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are automatically entitled to Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM), regardless of their parents' income. But will NOT receive a hamper or vouchers while they are off school due to COVID-19. They will only receive this support if you claim for FSM.
Your children are entitled to free school meals if you receive:
Income Support, or
income-based Job Seeker's Allowance, or
income-related Employment and Support Allowance, or
the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
Universal Credit, if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)
support under part V1 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, or
Child Tax Credit, if you have an annual taxable income (as assessed by H M Revenue and Customs) which does not exceed £16,190
if your child is awarded free school meals, they’ll continue to receive them until they are above school age
IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU REGISTER IF YOU ARE ON ANY OF THE ABOVE BENEFITS TO CLAIM FSM.
You can claim online: