Monday, 19 December 2011

Important - Free School Meals Applications

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Dear Parents/Carers

If you are eligible for Free School Meals, we would urge you to apply for them. Not only does the scheme offer you support as parents and carers, it is invaluable to the school. At a time when funding is getting much tighter for schools, the Pupil Premium is actually going up! This is a sum of money that is paid to schools on the basis of how many Free School Meals (FSM) pupils there are on roll. The amount paid by the Government is now £488 per pupil. This funding can have a direct and positive impact on our children here at Broadford. Please check the criteria below and apply if you meet them. Applications are confidential.

You may apply if you are in receipt of any of the following benefits:
  • Income Support
  • Income Based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income Related Employment Support Allowance
  • The Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (but NOT Working Tax Credit) and have an annual income of less than £16,190
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

How to apply

Liberty Centre, Romford RM1 3RL. Manual forms for completion are also available if you visit the Public Advice and Service Centre in person.
You can have your eligibility checked immediately by telephone if you agree to the usage of the Eligibility Checking Service - a Government based service which will advise Havering if you are eligible or not. Your agreement to the use of this system means that with specific information your eligibility can be checked, but that we will not be given full details of the benefits you currently receive. There will also be no need to apply annually to renew the service as we will be able to periodically recheck your eligibility.

Please contact 01708 433929 or use the application form to apply.

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