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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

Martin Lewis: Child Benefit warning for couples – are you missing out on £1,000s in future state pension payments?

If you're in a couple and claiming Child Benefit – or aren't claiming because one of you earns £60,000 or more a year – you could be missing out on £1,000s or even £10,000s in future state pension payments.

28 November 2023

Pregnant or have a child under four? Check if you can get help with food costs as 189,000 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 able to get £4.25 a week to spend on food, milk and vitamins by applying for an NHS Healthy Start card.

19 September 2023

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

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

Less than half of providers will offer free 30 hours of weekly childcare, survey finds

Parents may struggle to take advantage of a Government scheme to deliver 30 hours of free childcare a week

5 April 2017

Bereavement changes leave future widowed parents with less support

Future widowed parents of young children could miss out on £1,000s once changes to a Government scheme are rolled out

30 January 2017

£50m grant to create 9,000 more free nursery places for working parents

The Department for Education has announced a grant to create nearly 9,000 nursery places for three- and four-year-olds

10 January 2017

Parents left unable to pay for childcare after voucher scheme provider hit by technical problems

A system upgrade by Sodexo has caused payment and account issues for parents who use its services

9 January 2017

ParentPay promises to fix school payments chaos – what to expect from the latest revamp

School payments website ParentPay expects to complete a second major overhaul of the site next month

2 August 2016