Free School Meal vouchers for Half Term

May 29, 2021 8:00 AM
Originally published by Dave Hodgson - Mayor of Bedford Borough

Cllr Michael HeadleyBedford Borough children from families that receive income-related free school meals are again eligible for a £15 each, for next week's half term school holiday.

Eligible families who received vouchers from the council's free school meals scheme previously will automatically receive an email. For anyone whose circumstances have changed the Council is encouraging them to register and apply for free school meals, so that they can receive the support they need.

Bedford Borough Council has already provided £585,770 worth of vouchers (over school holidays) directly issued to parents of 6542 eligible children and young people to help with the cost of shopping for food. Each voucher is redeemable from a range of local retailers.

Councillor Michael Headley, portfolio holder for finance and welfare said "We're again providing supermarket vouchers over the next week's half-term for children eligible for free school meals, so there will be no break in what's provided for families. Although restrictions are being lifted there are many families still having to cope with financial pressures caused by the pandemic. No family should have to worry about where their child's next meal is coming from and, as a council, we are committed to making sure that this doesn't happen in Bedford Borough."

Children are eligible for the vouchers if their family receives one of the benefits listed below:

  • Universal Credit - with an annual earned income of no more than £7,400 after tax
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for the four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
  • Child Tax Credit (with no Working Tax Credit) with an annual gross income of no more than £16,190

To find out if you are eligible and to register for free school meals visit www.bedford.gov.uk/schools-education-and-childcare/education-welfare-service/free-school-meals/