Have you received any support with food for your children since schools have been closed? And if you have, what was the support like?: "We have no FSM support, this causes problems as we are a low income familiy, I am a single parent and self employed with a super precarious and changeable income but reciept of WTC automatically means we don't qualify. It's been like this for years. In school this means that my children are not flagged up as struggling as many schools use FSM as a measure of familiy circumstances. It has caused problems for us when I have needed to let school know that we couldn't afford some things, like a trip, technology, transport etc. It's almost like they think that I am making it up. A lack of understanding of different income related benefits and issues such as rising in work poverty means that schools are not good at identifying where support is needed without the FSM label. If I changed over to UC we would then be entitled but the thought of going 5 weeks with no money and the possibility of lower financial support over all is so frightening noone will do that willingly."

Howie P
Feb 9, 2021

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