Cost of Living Support
Do you know someone in financial hardship and not sure where to go to for support?
Take a look at Cost of Living Support in Suffolk page for help with: Food, Fuel, Energy and Utilities, Finance and Debt and lots more. Also, find your local Foodbank or Pop Up/Top Up shop for anyone struggling financially to buy food.
East Suffolk County Council - Ease the Squeeze
East Suffolk County Council are co-ordinating a programme of advice and support to help people in East Suffolk with the rising cost of living. These pages (click here) provide information on the services and support available, including help with accessing support, as well as useful tips and advice. Please note that they cannot give money to customers and that this is not an emergency service, but they will do everything we can to help
Citizens Advice are offering weekly drop in sessions. Citizens Advice can support families with their benfits checks, housing queries or money and debt advice. The following drop ins are available in the East Suffolk Area:
- Woodbridge Library - Monday 10am to 2pm
- Wickham Market Resource Centre - Tuesday 1.30pm to 3.30pm
- Framlingham Library - Friday 10am to 2pm
The Local Welfare Assistance Scheme (LWAS)
The LWAS helps those experiencing financial hardship. There are lots of reasons why people may be in hardship, and if someone is eligible, the LWAS can provide financial help.
The scheme is not intended as emergency support, and only one application can be made per household. LWAS is not intended as long-term support. The quickest way to make an application is via the webform, using a smartphone, tablet, or computer. If the applicant has all the information required to make an application, the webform will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.
To make an application and find out about eligibility for support, please visit the Local Welfare Assistance Scheme webpage.
Free School Meals
Free school meals are available to those children whose parents are in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:
- Universal Credit (provided that you have an annual net income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods)
- Income Support
- Income-based Job Seekers' 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, but not also Working Tax Credit, and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190 as assessed by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs
- Working Tax Credit during the four-week period immediately after your employment finishes or after you start to work less hours per week.
To apply for free school lunches please contact Children and Young Peoples Services on 0345 606 6067 or click here.
If your child is eligible for and has been registered to receive free school meals between 1st April 2018 and the end of the rollout of Universal Credits (currently expected to be March 2023), they will remain eligible until they finish the phase of schooling (primary or secondary) they are in at the end of Universal Credits rollout. This is regardless of any change to your circumstances during this time.
Pre-Loved School Unifom
Pre-loved uniform is available from the PTFA. If you would like any items, please contact the school office on 01394 384481 or by email email@example.com.
If anyone is in desperate need for school clothing at anytime, then please speak to the classroom staff or the school office.