Kids are expensive! What could you be entitled to?

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Are your children attending the new super-school? Are you struggling with dinner money and uniform costs?

You have come to the right place!

East Ayrshire Council have grants to help low income families with the costs of their school child’s food and clothing.

Free School Meals

All children from primary 1 to primary 3 are granted free school meals however afterwards you must apply and meet certain criteria.

If you are accepted for free school meals, a weekly allowance will be paid into your child’s ParentPay account. This will cover a standard two course meal daily.

You are eligible for free school meals if you currently claim any of the benefits listed below:

  • Income Support
  • Job Seekers Allowance (income based)
  • Employment and Support Allowance (income based)
  • Universal Credit (take home pay is not more than £610 per month)
  • Child Tax Credit only – annual income less than £16,105
  • Working Tax Credit and Child Tax credit – annual income less than £7,330
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
Clothing Grant

If you meet the criteria shown below, you will be entitled to a once yearly payment of £120 per child to cover school clothing costs.

(If your child is intending to stay on after fourth year any award will not be paid until they return in August.)

You are eligible for a clothing grant if you currently claim any of the benefits listed below:

  • Income support
  • Job Seekers Allowance (income based)
  • Employment and Support Allowance (income related)
  • Universal Credit (take home pay is not more than £610 per month)
  • Working Tax Credit – annual income less than £15,276
  • Child Tax Credit only – annual income less than £16,105
  • Working Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit – annual income less than £7,330
  • Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Reduction

For more information and to apply online for Free School Meals or a Clothing Grant visit:

https://www.east-ayrshire.gov.uk/CouncilAndGovernment/Benefits/Benefits-EducationAndSchool/Clothing-grants-and-free-school-meals/Clothing-grants-and-free-school-meals.aspx

 

 

*Source: east-ayrshire.gov.uk

 

Could you save pennies with a Railcard?

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On 5th November, the Veteran Railcard Scheme will launch. If you have served for at least one day in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces (Regular or Reserve) or have been a Merchant Mariner who has seen duty on legally defined military operations, you may be eligible.

The Veterans Railcard grants you 30% off of your normal ticket price, allowing you to get from A to B at a fraction of the price.

The Veterans Railcard is on sale for an introductory price of  just £21 for one year, until 31 March 2021. That’s a saving of £9 on the normal retail price of £30.

A 3-year Railcard is also available for an introductory price of just £61, if purchased before 31 March 2021, instead of the normal retail price of £70.

Like our other Railcards, the Veterans Railcard offers savings of 1/3 on rail travel, whether your are visiting family and friends or simply enjoying a day out.

You can also nominate a companion to get 1/3 off when travelling with you and up to 4 children travelling with you get 60% off. – Veterans-railcard.co.uk

Think you’re entitled to the Veterans Railcard? Click the link to find out more and purchase yours!

https://www.veterans-railcard.co.uk/are-you-eligible/

 

Not eligible for this one? Here is a list of other railcards on offer:

 

 

 

 

Working From Home Tax Relief
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Have you been forced to work from home due to the coronavirus? Are your electricity bills going through the roof?

You could be entitled to tax relief.

At the beginning of October, HMRC launched a new scheme which allows people who have had to work from home due to the Coronavirus to claim tax relief for the costs incurred while working from home (e.g. broadband costs, higher electricity and heating bills).

How much you are able to claim is explained below by UK Government:

“You can either claim tax relief on:

  • £6 a week from 6 April 2020 (for previous tax years the rate is £4 a week) – you will not need to keep evidence of your extra costs
  • the exact amount of extra costs you’ve incurred above the weekly amount – you’ll need evidence such as receipts, bills or contracts

You’ll get tax relief based on the rate at which you pay tax. For example, if you pay the 20% basic rate of tax and claim tax relief on £6 a week you would get £1.20 per week in tax relief (20% of £6).” – www.gov.uk

What you will need to apply:

  • Your National Insurance Number
  • A payslip, P60 or Passport

Follow the link to apply now: https://www.gov.uk/tax-relief-for-employees/working-at-home

Any queries, please get in touch.

Take care,

Team ACDI

 

Welcome

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Hello and welcome to Money Blog.

This blog will provide essential up-to-date information regarding benefits and money saving tips.

The team at ACDI are adapting to the “new normal” and using our online platforms more than ever to share information and help the local community with any issues that they are facing.

At the bottom of the blog, you will be given the option to send us a message – please feel free to use this to ask for advice or give us feedback.

Stay safe and take care,

Team ACDI 😊