Register for free meals and unlock extra cash

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Parents whose children receive free school meals are being encouraged to register with a council to unlock extra cash for their school.

West Sussex County Council is urging parents who receive certain state income benefits, and whose children would therefore qualify for free school meals, to make sure that they let the council know.

Jeremy Hunt, the council’s cabinet member for education and skills, said: ‘Because they now automatically receive meals free of charge under the Universal Infant Free School Meal initiative, they may not realise that their school is missing out on a significant amount of funding if they fail to tell us they were eligible for Free School Meals in the first place.

‘A simple registration process could unlock £1,320 in funding per child, per year for their school.

‘This funding can make a big difference to schools, and especially to their own children.’

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