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Over the last few days we have issued parents of children who have a Free School Meal (FSM) entitlement with an Asda e-voucher.  This has raised a number of enquiries from parents and we hope the following information will clarify the situation.  
If your child is currently in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2, they are eligible to receive a daily meal which is free.  This is part of a Government initiative called Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM).   
A FSM entitlement is different, as it is a benefit that you need to apply for, which then provides you child with a free daily meal from Reception right through Key Stage 2 and into secondary school and is totally separate to the UIFSM initiative.  
To qualify for a Free School Meal Entitlement, firstly you must be receiving any of the support payments listed below AND you must also have submitted an application to the local authority. You cannot qualify for Free School Meals without making this application.  
If your child is in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 and you believe you would be eligible then you should still apply, even if you are already receiving a daily free meal.  
If you believe you are eligible for Free School Meals, please apply online by following this link to the Dudley MBC Free School Meals website.   
During the period that the school remains closed to most pupils (excluding the holiday periods), we are funding Free School Meal pupils with an Asda e-voucher.  This will be paid in two week blocks of £25.  This is to be used to buy food for your child to have a meal, at home, just as they would have if they were in school.  
If you get any of the following support payments your child may 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 State 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