Warwickshire Financial Support
How can people find out about financial support available to them?
Warwickshire County Council’s webpages (www.warwickshire.gov.uk/localwelfarescheme and www.warwickshire.gov.uk/facinghardship) will be updated with details of support and messages will be sent out via the council’s Twitter (@Warwickshire_CC) and Facebook (@WarwickshireCountyCouncil) social media platforms. Information about food and financial support for those facing hardship will also be shared with schools and other education OFFICIAL settings as well as public, community and voluntary sector partners to reach people in local communities who may benefit from this help.
Who can apply for financial support from the Local Welfare Scheme?
Please go to the website https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/localwelfarescheme for the most up to date eligibility criteria. The additional funding has enabled some temporary changes to ensure flexibility when supporting our most vulnerable residents at times of unavoidable crisis when they have no other means of help How can people apply for support? Vulnerable residents who are struggling financially can apply for support from the scheme or other sources by contacting the Local Welfare Scheme Team directly on 0800 4081448.
Free School Meals
Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:
- Income Support
- income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- the guaranteed element of 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 - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)
Children who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals.
Your child may also get free school meals if you get any of these benefits and your child is both:
- younger than the compulsory age for starting school
- in full-time education
If your child is eligible for free school meals, they’ll remain eligible until they finish the phase of schooling (primary or secondary) they’re in on 31 March 2023.
Applications for free school meals can be made directly to Warwickshire County Council by using the following link: