West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

Apply for Free School Meals/Clothing Grants before summer holidays-McHugh

Published: 1 June, 2015

Sinn Féin Councillor Ruairi McHugh is encouraging parents to ensure free school meals/school uniform/PE clothing grant renewal and fresh application forms are returned to the WELB as soon as possible to ensure that no eligible child loses out or has their application unduly delayed for the new term in September.

Speaking this week Cllr McHugh said,

"Sinn Féin Education Minister John O Dowd has been progressively working to ensure that more and more low income and working families become eligible for free school meals and uniform/PE clothing grants, the costs of which represent such a major financial burden, particularly upon families with more than one child at school.

"I would encourage parents to ensure that Renewal Forms are returned to WELB before the start of the summer holidays to ensure that they are processed in time for the new term in September. There may also be families who are still unaware that their child/children are eligible for school meals/school uniform/PE clothing grant assistance so I would encourage everyone to be aware of the current eligibility criteria for the school year.

"Free School Meals can also be awarded if your child has a statement of special educational needs and is designated to require a special diet."

If you have any queries you should contact:
The Meals & Uniform Section, W.E.L.B., 1 Hospital Road, Omagh, Co Tyrone, BT79 0AW Tel. No. 028 8241 1496 Fax: 028 8241 1284 Textphone: 028 8241 1550