Dear Parents /carers
Families who are entitled to Free School Meals (FSM) will know that we have been sending vouchers to families to help with the cost of living during lock down.
A number of schools were doing the same thing so the government made the decision to create a central FSM scheme which allows families to select a voucher for £15 per week for a supermarket of their choice. Schools were encouraged to use this method as it gives families a lit bit extra and also gives freedom of choice.
We have registered all families who are entitled to this benefit. Unfortunately, the provider, Edenred, had some troubles last week with processing the number of claims registered on a national level. This has meant that there was a delay in families receiving their vouchers. I am aware that most have families received their benefit by now but some may still be waiting. We have logged concerns with the provider and have been assured that they are being processed and you will receive the benefit. I am sorry if this is causing you hardship at this time. If you are struggling, please contact us as we can signpost you to other agencies who may be able to help.
We are also aware that people’s circumstances are changing and whilst you may not have qualified for FSM in the past, you may qualify now. It is important that every family who is entitled to this benefit is given it. It is a ‘means tested’ benefit and is given to parents on lower incomes and those who are in receipt of certain benefits. You can apply on the Trafford website for this – it is a very easy process and gives an instant decision. All you need to do is input your National Insurance Number and details – this link will take you to the right place to apply https://www.trafford.
If you qualify, we will be notified and we will then add you to the Edenred scheme and you will receive a £15 per week voucher for a supermarket of your choice.
A word of warning: there are various scams around at present asking parents for bank details so FSM money can be paid directly— we will never ask you for this information and this is not how the scheme works. Edenred would not ask you for this information. They send you a voucher code. Please do not respond to any such emails/text messages. If you do receive these messages, report it to the police.
As always, I hope that you are well and staying safe.