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Have they scrapped free school meals for low incomes?

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nojustificationneeded Mon 18-Jul-11 18:09:25

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going Mon 18-Jul-11 18:10:18

I really hope not, as you said for some children it's the best meal they will get all day sad

NettoSuperstar Mon 18-Jul-11 18:11:05

I have the forms to fill in so I don't think so.

GypsyMoth Mon 18-Jul-11 18:11:32

School uniform grants have dwindled in some areas, but fsm still exist.....for now!!

AuntiePickleBottom Mon 18-Jul-11 18:11:32

there is a notice on my sons school door, that say all forms for free school meals must be in by the end of term.

i Live in Wales, so it may be diffrent in other parts of the UK

Groovee Mon 18-Jul-11 18:11:58

Apparently if you get working tax credits you no longer get the above. A few parents who have found themselves in circumstances beyond their control have said it's all been axed. I believe you only get them on IS and JSA now from what was being said at the school office.

knobbysEx Mon 18-Jul-11 18:12:53

My god, NO! REALLY?!
In my day it was Thatcher the Milk Snatcher....what will Cameron's legacy be?

lovecorrie Mon 18-Jul-11 18:13:58

Actually Mrs Thatcher voted AGAINST taking free milk away, but, as she was education secretary she had to announce it so was always blamed!

nojustificationneeded Mon 18-Jul-11 18:14:04

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knobbysEx Mon 18-Jul-11 18:14:21

Pretty sure in Scotland ALL children get free school meals, regardless of household income.

Glitterknickaz Mon 18-Jul-11 18:14:39

Not round here, but I think some areas have.

lovecorrie Mon 18-Jul-11 18:15:07

You don't get them on JSA - not unless both parents are on it and it's not contributions based. I tried recently as have been out of work for a few months and dh only working very part time, and got laughed at.

michglas Mon 18-Jul-11 18:15:30

knobby no they don't, my 2 daughters have never been given free school meals in Scotland

saggarmakersbottomknocker Mon 18-Jul-11 18:16:07

The criteria currently remain the same as it's always been and if you're in receipt of WTC you haven't been eligible to claim for some years.

Groovee Mon 18-Jul-11 18:17:17

I'm in Scotland and it seems to be different

www.direct.gov.uk/en/Pensionsandretirementplanning/Benefits/BenefitsInRetirement/DG_10027190 for England and Wales

www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Education/Schools/HLivi/Schoolmeals for Scotland

EggyAllenPoe Mon 18-Jul-11 18:18:09

the criteria remain the same. there were plans to further extend the scheme but these have been shelved. so, nothing is being taken away.

our school is trying to recruit people for free school meals as they get more cash per school-meal receiver....

nojustificationneeded Mon 18-Jul-11 18:20:06

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NettoSuperstar Mon 18-Jul-11 18:20:25

I have the form here, for FSM you need to be in receipt of JSA, IS, ESA, CTC but not WTC (Income should not exceed £15,860) CTC and WTC(Income should not exceed £6420) Support under part lV of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.

For the £50 clothing grant, the above applies but also if you get WTC (income should not exceed £15,860), Council Tax rebate or Housing benefit.

Last year I qualified as a low income and in receipt of CTC and WTC. This year I'm in receipt of ESA so will still get both.

I'm in Argyll & Bute. (Scotland)

Groovee Mon 18-Jul-11 18:20:33

Knobby the government did suggest all school children got free school meals but many were against it. My children don't go every day for school lunches and would hate to have to go every day

McPie Mon 18-Jul-11 18:20:46

Not free for everyone in Scotland, costs me £1.70 a day, the bonus is the price has not increased this year!!!

TheCrackFox Mon 18-Jul-11 18:23:53

Certainly not free in Edinburgh.

OpinionatedPlusSprogs Mon 18-Jul-11 18:48:27

You don't get them if you work only if you are on full benefits. Wrong IMO as people are worse off not working.

Where I am even people on benefit don't get school uniform allowance.

OpinionatedPlusSprogs Mon 18-Jul-11 18:48:46

Worse off working rather.

lovecorrie Mon 18-Jul-11 19:09:09

Totally agree opinionated. We have been a lot worse off since I've been without a job - £10.50 a week school dinners would have really helped!!

lovecorrie Mon 18-Jul-11 19:10:22

by which I mean as dh is working p/t , we are not considered to actually be poor enough to get much help! Had he also been out of work, we would have been better off and got more benefits.

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