The government is rolling out Universal Credit to those of working age in Swansea from 13th December 2017. People who would normally be making a new claim for Housing Benefit, Income Support, Jobseekers Allowance, Employment Support Allowance, Child Tax Credit and/or Working Tax Credit after 13th December 2017 will have to claim Universal Credit instead (there are some exceptions). If you are not making a new claim for any of these benefits, you will stay on your existing benefits for the time being.
If you are already in receipt of free school meals (FSM), you do not need to do anything as your free school meals will continue whilst you are in receipt of Universal Credit. However, if you are in receipt of Universal Credit and your child doesn’t have free school meals, then please make an application as soon as possible.
Even if your child does not wish to have the free dinners, it is important that parents/carers apply for free school meals if they are eligible. The school receives funding as a result of the number of children in the school who are eligible for free school meals. This funding allows a range of measures to be put in place aimed at raising attainment, increasing opportunities and supporting all learners. Your child could miss out on this support if you don’t apply.
For information and to apply for free school meals visit: www.swansea.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals
For information on Universal Credit visit: www.swansea.gov.uk/universalcredit
The information above is available to download as the original letter from the following link: FSM Letter November 2017 – Penyrheol Comprehensive