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Children in families with low income may be entitled to support for school clothing and meals.
School meals are free for children whose parents or carers receive certain benefits, including Income Support|, income-related Employment and Support Allowance|, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance| or Child Tax Credit| (in certain cases).
Contact your local authority to see whether you child qualifies and how to apply. The eligibility criteria for free school meals may change when Universal Credit is introduced in October 2013.
Most local authorities give grants for school clothing to families on a low income.
Contact your local authority to find out what help is available in your area and how to apply for it.
Grants to help with buying school uniform are available for certain pupils. Visit nidirect.gov.uk| for more information and to find out how to apply.
If you’re off work and getting sick pay|, any vouchers or other childcare help through work may continue, either as part of your contract or if you have an understanding employer. For more information, visit hmrc.gov.uk/childcare|
Content last reviewed: 1 April 2013
Next planned review: 2014
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