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Free school meal vouchers to be offered to Norfolk children during half-term

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Food vouchers will again be made available to West Norfolk families whose children receive free school meals during the forthcoming half-term holiday.

Officials say the provision, which will be paid for from extra central Government funding, will help around 28,000 children across the county.

Similar provision, worth £15 a week per child, was maintained during the spring half-term in May and the summer holidays, following Ministers' climbdown last year in the wake of a campaign led by the footballer, Marcus Rashford.

Support for children who receive free school meals will remain in place during the half-term break.
Support for children who receive free school meals will remain in place during the half-term break.

Daniel Elmer, Norfolk County Council deputy cabinet member for children's services, said: “We welcome this extension of Government funding to help families still facing hardship as the economy continues to recover following the Covid pandemic.

“We are pleased to be able to use the funding to extend the food voucher scheme over the autumn half term.

“Tackling the legacies of the pandemic and revitalising our economy to support recovery continues to be a top priority for us.”

Schools can order the food vouchers for pupils using an online service. Families can then either redeem their vouchers via an online code or receive a printed voucher by post, collection or delivery if they don’t have internet access.

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

Children in Reception, Year One and Year Two who receive Universal Infant Free School Meals are not eligible as part of the scheme, unless they have registered their eligibility for pupil premium funding.

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