Council supports schoolchildren with Free School Meals
In order to support children and families during the pandemic, the council is providing funding for Free Schools Meals (FSM) to schoolchildren from families with no recourse to public funds.
Families with no recourse to public funds (NRPF) are able to access Free School Meals as a result of temporary changes introduced by the government due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Families who have a child that attends a Haringey school may benefit from FSM if they fall into one of the following groups:
• Are a Zambrano carer
• Have the right to remain in the UK under Article 8 of the European court of Human Rights
• Receive support under Section 17 of the Children Act 1989 and are subject to an NRPF condition
The income threshold for this provision has also recently been revised to £31,500 to allow more families to benefit and has been extended to include the 2020 Autumn Term.
Additionally, families receiving support under Section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 will also be temporarily eligible during this time.
The Council is committed to ensuring children with no recourse to public funds continue to receive free school meals even if the temporary measures introduced by the government are withdrawn. No child in a Haringey school will go unfed at lunch time as a result of a lack of funding.
The council is also working with partners, including our schools, to explore opportunities to improve the value and quality of meals and school lunches more generally, to make them healthier and more nutritious – as well as considering options to ensure that they are more sustainable.
Cllr Amin, Cabinet Member for Children, Education, and Families, said:
“We are absolutely committed to ensuring that no child is without a complete and healthy lunch – to help them with their alertness and concentration whilst at school.
“We know that the Free School Meals (FSM) provided to our children can represent the most nutritious and complete meal that a child eats during the day, and lockdown has reinforced the importance of this provision to our children and young people and to our families.
“We continue to work on how we can widen the offer to our children, and where a family has no recourse to public funds, we are aiming to provide funding to ensure that all of those children are able to access free school meals.”
Learn more about the government’s latest guidance on Free School Meals (external link).
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