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All London primary age children to get free school meals again from this September – here's what you need to know

Every primary age child in London will get free school meals again in the 2024/2025 academic year, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has confirmed. Here's what you need to know.

9 January 2024

School uniform grants – check if you can reduce costs by up to £200 with support from your council

We've searched through council websites to find which offer school uniform grants – check to see if you qualify and what you could get.

29 August 2023

Pregnant or have a child under four? Check if you can get £17+ a month to help with food costs as over 200,000 are missing out

If you're pregnant or have a child under the age of four, and you're on a low income, you may be eligible for a Healthy Start prepaid card offering at least £4.25 a week to spend on healthy food, milk and vitamins.

2 February 2023

Need to buy school uniform? Check if you can get a grant of up to £200 to help with the cost

We've searched through council websites to find which offer it – check to see if you're eligible and what you could get.

16 August 2022

New FREE guide on what to teach kids about spending money safely online launched

Not-for-profit internet safety body Internet Matters has launched a free ten-point guide with tips to help kids and young people build good online money management habits.

13 April 2021

Cash left in your ParentPay account? How to get it back after term ends

Parents who use online payment provider ParentPay may have leftover credit sitting in their accounts – here's how to check and get a refund

16 July 2019

Scottish parents can now apply for a £250 grant for school-age children

Applications are now open for a new £250 payment for low-income families in Scotland, which is paid when your child is old enough to start school

10 June 2019

Tax-Free Childcare extended to under-12s

Parents with children under 12 can now apply for the Tax-Free Childcare scheme

14 February 2018

HMRC website glitch means parents are being told they AREN'T eligible for 30 hours of free childcare

Some parents using childcare vouchers are wrongly being told they aren't eligible for 30 hours of free childcare

3 January 2018

NS&I closes children's bonds to new applicants

Government-backed savings provider NS&I has closed applications to new customers for its five-year children's bonds

25 September 2017