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Free school meal plans for the summer holidays

Families in Wirral with children eligible for free school meals will continue to receive this support during the summer holidays.

The extension comes after the Government announced the ‘Covid Summer Food Fund’ on Tuesday 16 June. The fund will support eligible children with a voucher to cover the full six week summer holiday; beginning next month.
Families in receipt of the free school meals will continue to receive the voucher from their child’s school over the summer break. If your vouchers stopped as your child returned to school or your school has continued to provide meals throughout lockdown, you will receive a voucher for the summer break.

Only parents who have a means-tested, registered entitlement to free school meals will receive the continuation in support over the summer.

However, Wirral Council understands some parent’s circumstances have changed as a result of the coronavirus outbreak - meaning loss of income.

These questions and answers may help:

I’ve lost my job – might I be entitled now?

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
  • Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • 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)

You can check whether or not you qualify online, and registering is really quick and easy.

Alternatively, you can contact your child’s school. They can help you but will need some information from you first, such as your National Insurance Number and date of birth.

I’ve been furloughed and my income has fallen – might I be entitled now?

Follow the steps above – apply online or contact your child’s school for help. If you are not entitled now, once you or the school have registered you on the system, you will automatically be notified if you become entitled to means-tested free school meals.

Other sources of support available to you in the community

Please visit the emergency food support page for information on getting help with food, or call the council's Coronavirus Helpline on 0151 666 5050, Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.