Thursday 16th April 2020
Dear parents & carers,
We are now able to provide more information about the free-school meal vouchers. We have now contacted all of our families (almost 200 children) who are eligible for free-school meals in order to have your most up-to-date email address. It is vital that you tell us if this email changes as this is email to which the voucher codes get sent.
You may have seen in BBC news that there are delays in getting the codes to families. This is a national problem, with major issues with the main website. Our plan is to send voucher codes out on the week commencing Monday 27th April. We will continue with weekly hampers up until then.
The voucher system is new to our team so there will undoubtedly be lots of questions that we all have and we will work hard to answer all of your questions. The most common question we have is for children in reception, year 1 and year 2. These children automatically receive free lunches with universal free meals set up by the government. This is different to your child being in receipt of free-school meals. It is only children who have applied for free-school meals and met the criteria that will receive an online voucher. We are happy to explain this difference in more detail via the phone or email.
Most importantly, we are only able to issue vouchers to the children who are on the Bristol City Council free-school meals portal. This means that if you have not applied for free-school meals for your younger children (reception, year 1 and year 2), then you will not receive a voucher for those children. There is a simple and very quick solution for this. You will need to apply for free-school meals using the link below. We had a parent apply in the morning and their details were on the portal by the afternoon so the results are instant.
Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:
- income Support
- income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
- child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
- working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax 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)
Please contact the school directly for support when making applications. You will need to know your national insurance number to make the application. This can be found on paperwork related to the above criteria.