There is help at hand for some students who will be returning to school in a few weeks time.

The Government are offering support that can help reduce the financial pressure on some families as schools are getting ready to re-open in September.

Free school meals are being offered to children of families who need the support. There are also free travel passes for school students to use buses, trains or trams.

Your child may qualify for free school meals if you receive any of these types of support:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • The guaranteed part of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (as long as your annual gross income is £16,190 or less and  you don’t get Working Tax Credit)
  • Working Tax Credit run-off after you come off Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit that you applied for on, or after, 1 April 2018. As long as your household income is less than £7,400 a year after tax, not including any benefits

Children who receive these benefits themselves instead of through a parent or guardian, can also qualify for free school meals. Your child may qualify if you are an asylum seeker.

Some children can get a free pass to travel to school on the bus, train or tram in Greater Manchester.

Some children at secondary school can get a cycle voucher to put towards the cost of a new bike instead of a pass.

Apply here if you would like to get help with this free travel pass. 

The Government has also put into place a Covid Summer Food Fund to help families over the summer holiday period when schools will be closed.

All parents and carers of eligible children should get in touch with their school to receive free school meal vouchers via this scheme. You can find out more about this scheme by visiting the UK Government website.