Free School Meals
We have been advised by Lincolnshire County Council that there are now new measures in place for checking Free School Meal and Pupil Premium eligibility. In order to see if your child is eligible to receive Free School Meals you will no longer be required to complete the form in school giving details of your National Insurance details but now visit the ‘easy to use’ parent portal athttps://lcc.cloud.servelec-synergy.com/parentportal. Once you have submitted your details through this portal, Saxilby School will receive notification of which children are eligible.
Please note that we have only just been informed of this new procedure and if you have already returned the FSM form to the School Office, we shall keep this information on file but we are not able to submit an eligibility check on your behalf. It is now the responsibility of all parents to action this through the new portal.
These checks are a really important procedure as the information found will impact our School Budget. Please ensure that you follow the instructions on the portal and apply for this check to be done to ensure that your child is in full receipt of all appropriate funding and entitlements, even if you believe that your child would not be eligible.
Please do not hesitate to contact the School Office if you have any questions or concerns or if you do not have the facility to access this site through the Internet. This system went live on Tuesday 4th September 2018.
The following information has been communicated to us from Lincolnshire County Council.
Who is eligible for free school meals?
Eligibility criteria for free school meals Section 512 of the Education Act 1996 places a duty on maintained schools, academies and free schools to provide free school meals to pupils of all ages that meet the criteria.
Free school meals are available to pupils in receipt of, or whose parents are in receipt of, one or more of the following benefits:
Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods)
Income Support • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
The guarantee element of Pension Credit
Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
From 1 April 2018, all existing free school meals pupils will continue to receive free school meals whilst Universal Credit is rolled out, this is called Transitional Protection. This will apply even if parents’ earnings rise above the new threshold during that time.
In addition, any child gaining eligibility for free school meals after 1 April 2018 will be protected against losing free school meals during the Universal Credit rollout period. The Universal Credit rollout is currently expected to complete in March 2022.