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One in four North East pupils living in poverty miss out on Free School Meals

12 May 2021
More than 35,000 pupils in the North East of England who live below the poverty line do not qualify for free school meals under current legislation. A new report, The Cost of Missing Lunchtime, by Children North East, Child Poverty Action Group and the North East Child Poverty Commission reveals one in four children from poorer families in the region are not entitled to a free, nutritious daily meal at school.

The Cost of Missing Lunchtime: A briefing on free school meals in the North East

12 May 2021
New calculations carried out by Child Poverty Action Group, Children North East and the North East Child Poverty Commission show that one in four North East children living below the UK poverty line (over 35,000 children) are not currently eligible for free school meals, and therefore miss out on the many proven benefits associated with the policy. In addition, more than one in ten North East children (11 per cent) who are eligible for free school meals do not take up this offer, meaning they do not benefit from the support that they are entitled to.

Coronavirus, benefits and work (Scotland) 17 August 2021 ONLINE

17th August 2021
Online Scotland
The government’s coronavirus job retention scheme and self-employment income support scheme have provided help during the pandemic, while other support has been introduced for low income workers required to isolate...

Universal Credit Update and Tactics, 8 & 9 February 2022 ONLINE

8th February 2022 to 9th February 2022
Online
Universal credit (UC) changes all the time, as the law is amended, as it is implemented in practice, and as local delivery changes. This course is an opportunity for experienced...

Benefits for Non-Benefit Advisers, 10 & 11 February 2022 ONLINE

10th February 2022 to 11th February 2022
Online
This essential one-day course, held over two mornings, is aimed at non-benefit staff and volunteers working with people for whom benefits are an issue. It provides a comprehensive introduction to...

Personal independence payment - an introduction (Scotland) 31 August 2021 ONLINE

31st August 2021
Online Scotland
Personal independence payment (PIP) is the main disability benefit for working-age people. Getting an award of PIP can significantly increase income and so it is a crucial benefit for advisers...

Stick or Twist? Jumping Ship to Universal Credit, 8 July 2021 ONLINE

8th July 2021
Online
Around 6 million have claimed UC, but another 3 million are still on Legacy benefits. Changes to the rules in January 2021 make it easier to switch to UC, but...

QBC - making the most of your calculator (Scotland) 22 - 23 September 2021 ONLINE

22nd September 2021 to 23rd September 2021
Online Scotland
This course is for people who want to learn how use QBC effectively and confidently. It covers: • Understanding screens, controls, menus and how to get in-calculator help • Best...

Benefits for EEA nationals - advanced (Scotland) 6 - 7 December 2021 ONLINE

6th December 2021 to 7th December 2021
Online Scotland
This experienced level course looks in detail at the social security rights of EEA nationals and their family members in the UK. It provides an opportunity for advisers who are...

Appeals to the Upper Tribunal, 22 & 23 September 2021 ONLINE

22nd September 2021 to 23rd September 2021
Online
This course is essential for anyone who wants to challenge decisions of the First-tier Tribunal (Social Entitlement Chamber) effectively. The main aim of the course is to give you an...