Could your child be eligible for free school meals?

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Councillor Yvonne McNeilly wants to know if your child is eligible for a free meal.

By Aileen MacLennan

Argyll and Bute Council’s Policy Lead for Education is urging parents to find out if their child qualifies for free schools meals.

Councillor Yvonne McNeilly said: “We all want the best start in life for our children and young people, both in terms of their health and education.

“Evidence shows that school meals can help do this, by improving general health and helping to tackle health inequalities.

“There are a number of young people in Argyll and Bute who are eligible for free school meals but are not benefiting. It is vital that parents look into whether or not they are missing out on this opportunity.

“Not only do free school meals provide children with a healthy, balanced lunch, they help remove the pressures faced by some parents.”

For free school meals, parents must receive Income Support; Income Based Job Seekers Allowance; income related Employment and Support Allowance;; Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit; Universal Credit; and/or support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.

For further information, and to apply, visit: www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/education-and-learning/childcare-school-and-education-grants-0


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