Q. Do you get free school meals and what difference do they make?
I am unable to apply for free school meals for my daughter as I am on legacy benefits. But this cost is a real struggle to meet on a weekly basis. Like most schools now I have to top up a lunch account for my daughter to access at school, but I can only manage to top up enough for a very basic lunch, and even then if prices change or something is not available she does not have enough left at the end of the week. Also meeting the cost of this means making other difficult decisions around school uniform and shoes. All of this has a negative effect on my daughter who sees others in her class not facing the same struggles.