Helping you with the cost of living

Support is available if you are worried about or struggling with rising costs.

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Childcare costs

You could get help with childcare costs, including:

You may be eligible for more help, including national funding and free healthy food vouchers.

School meals

Children in reception, year 1 and year 2 automatically get free school meals. This is called Universal infant free school meals (UIFSM) and you do not need to apply for it.

Children in year 3 and above may be eligible for free school meals.

Children and young people aged 2 to 19 may also be eligible for free meal vouchers during the school holidays.

School transport

Children in primary or secondary school could be eligible for free school transport.