Tackling Child Poverty in North Somerset


The Government has decided that schools will not be required to provide free school meals during February half term. The North Somerset Lib Dems agree with the NEU that "these are battles which should not have to be repeatedly fought" and that the government's plans represent a logistical nightmare. It should not be this difficult to do the right thing.

Families across North Somerset are being encouraged to continue accessing free school meals during the latest lockdown restrictions following reports from other parts of the country that inadequate meals have been provided.
North Somerset schools have been supporting families who receive free school meals but can't attend school since the beginning of the pandemic, often working with their local communities to harness the support of local voluntary groups and businesses alongside their usual meals provider.
 
Each school has their own arrangements in place to make sure no child goes without meals during term-time. These arrangements include contracts with a range of suppliers for their meals during term time, and they may also offer food packages, vouchers or a mix of both.
 
If children usually receive a free school meal and their family hasn’t heard from their school about arrangements while schools are closed, they should get in touch with them directly.
 
If other families are struggling and are unsure if they're entitled to support, they can apply for free school meals online at https://www.gov.uk/apply-free-school-meals

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