Free School Meals (FSM)
As you will know if you read the Weekly Updates we are huge supporters of Free School Meals families at Fairlight Primary and Nursery School.
LOCKDOWN AND ONGOING WORK
During Lockdown school staff worked closely with families to provide weekly vouchers as well as vouchers during each of the school holidays.
Fairlight was also lucky enough to have been supported by Nando's in Brighton (thank you to Ben) who also provided several large Food Drops to the school.
The school continues to run weekly Foodbanks every Friday in the Children Centre with food provided by Tesco Fairshare as well as by the Lewes Road Coop. During Lockdown these essential donations were able to be made into Food Parcels that were delivered by staff to peoples homes and helped particularly those who could not get out of the house.
We were also very lucky to receive a number of cash donations from local families and people who wanted to support our work. Examples such as a school grandparent who donated the money they would have spent on a holiday during half term with their grandchildren. Or a local resident who contacted the school to offer some cash as they were in Brighton shielding with an elderly relative. This money was used to make up food parcels with items that weren't donated or to support families with other essentials such as payments for utility bills.
MARCUS RASHFORD CAMPAIGN #bemoremarcus #FreeSchoolMeals #ENDCHILDPOVERTY
Mr Jordan (or actually his political Bitmoji) in his recent updates has asked parents to voice their support for the campaign to ask the government to continue to extend the Free School Meals Voucher system over the holidays during this difficult times. https://www.fairlight.brighton-hove.sch.uk/school-office/weekly-updates
Please join the many voices who continue to pish the government on this.
FREE SCHOOL MEALS AT HALF TERM
Despite the despicable actions of a number of MP's in not voting for this to continue the British public have come together to show the government that this is an important issue and that we don't need their permission or in fact help to do the right thing.
As Marcus Rashford said: "(I am) blown away by news of local businesses stepping up to fill the voucher scheme deficit during the October half term. Selflessness, kindness, togetherness, this is the England I know."
If you want to find out who is supporting this scheme nationally or locally then click here to see who has shared this so far:
More places will join this campaign in the coming days so keep checking back for updates.
BITMOJI MR JORDAN HAS A FINAL WORD
I love to hear about people who have stepped up and are prepared to take a stand for what they believe. This is a great example of someone who is doing this:
I hope more people will take this sort of stance.
Were you aware that taxpayers subsidise food and and alcohol in Parliament?
According to the latest figures taxpayers stump up £57,000 a week to subsidise food and drink for politicians across both houses.
In the House of Commons the public had to find £1.7 million to fund MPs, their staff and guests in bars, canteens and restaurants.
The Terrace Cafeteria received a £646,000 subsidy, while the Peers’ Dining Room in the House of Lords was propped up by some £779,257 – leading to Liberal Democrat peer Lord Tyler to describe it as the “best day care centre for the elderly in London”.
Free School Meals Vouchers cost a paltry £15 a week.
A petition on 38degrees has seen several thousand new signatures since the motion was denied, with one person saying they were “disgusted” that politicians voted not to provide free meals for vulnerable children despite their own meals being subsidised.
HOW TO APPLY FOR FREE SCHOOL MEALS
Did you know we get additional money in our school budget if you are registered for Free School Meals?
If you are entitled to Free School Meals (or think you may be entitled but you are not claiming it at the moment) you can apply to Brighton & Hove City Council. Details of how to apply are listed below.
One of the ways the government decides on funding for schools is by looking at Free School Meals numbers. We receive around an extra £1320 into our budget per child who is registered for a free school meal. It is important, therefore, that the council and the school have figures not just for those of you who claim but also for those of you who are entitled to claim but have decided not to.
There are additional discounted services available to those in receipt of Free School Meals such as music lessons (discounted by up to 70%).
In this present climate where school budgets are being cut in real terms we need to ensure we are receiving all the possible funding available to us so we can continue to offer a quality education to all our children.
Children whose parents/carers receive one of the following benefits will be entitled to receive free school meals:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The guaranteed 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 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit – with a net household income below £7,400
Please note: If you are in receipt of any Working Tax Credit you will not be eligible to apply for Free School Meals
Ways to apply
If you are in receipt of any of the above benefits you can apply online at the Brighton & Hove City Council website https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/content/children-and-education/schools/free-school-meals
The council can undertake an online check for you in complete confidence - you will need to ring 01273 293497 tell them your National Insurance Number or your National Asylum Seeker Number (NASS), your date of birth and your surname (as it appears on your benefit letter). No paper proof is required.
It will really support funding for the school if all entitlements are registered.