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Families could save £350 a year if children eligible for free school meals
6:03pm Wednesday 28th August 2013 in News
FAMILIES are being urged to check whether their children are eligible for free school meals which could save them up to £350 a year.
Youngsters in County Durham may qualify for free school meals if their parents or their carers receive certain benefits or tax credits such as income support, pension credit, universal credit and income based Jobseeker’s Allowance.
Chris Graham, the Durham County Council's welfare rights service team leader, said: “It is important that families with school-age children take up the opportunity for free school meals if they are eligible.
“School meals help to provide children with a healthy, balanced diet and staying at school at lunchtime gives children the chance to sit together and develop their social skills.
“It can save parents valuable time and money as they don’t have to pay for meals or prepare expensive packed lunches.”
Families whose tax credit award includes any amount of working tax credits will not be eligible for free school meals for their children.
Application forms for free school meals are available from all schools and via durham.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals.
Completed forms should be returned to the child’s school with proof of entitlement to benefits.
Details can be obtained from the council’s free school meals team on 03000-268002 or 03000-268003 and benefit details can be resolved via 03000-268968 or email email@example.com.
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