Heald Place Primary School

MCC free school meal offer






23rd October 2020

Dear All

We have received the below information in relation to Free School Meals for those children who are eligible over the half term holiday. We can only apologise that this information has been provided by the Local Authority at 2pm today. This means that school staff will not be available, as they usually would, to offer advice and support in relation to this and must instead refer you to the Local Authority website where contact details and further information is provided.


‘Manchester City Council has agreed today to provide funding for all children from Nursery class to Year 11 who are eligible for a benefits related free school meal over the half term break next week. This will be families on a low income that receive the pupil premium.


This will include children from families who are legally classed as no recourse to public funds. This does not include children who get a free school meal through the universal scheme whereby all children in Reception year one and two receive a meal without charge. These children are not classed as free school meals for this scheme. Full details are below for eligibility.


Eligible families will receive a cash payment of £15 per child for the week and will need to claim through the Welfare provision scheme on the Council's website - the link is copied below.


The scheme will continue to be open for 2 weeks after half term up until 13th November so that families can apply retrospectively if they are unable to claim next week. We will be making all of our front line service aware of this too so they can support the families they are working with to apply for the funding as soon as possible.




FSM eligibility

Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Job Seeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part !V of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you are not 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)



If you have any issues that you cannot find on the website link, we have been advised to signpost you to The Benefits Service on 0161 234 5003.


Yours Sincerely

Hatim Kapacee