Category: Northern Ireland

The Northern Ireland Government has announced it is to provide £12.6 million to fund summer holiday food grants this year.

How much will my family get?

Under this new scheme, families in Northern Ireland who have children entitled to free school meals will receive £13.50 per eligible child per week throughout the summer.

The payments will be made between 1 July and 31 August 2002.

Who is eligible for the scheme?

A child will be eligible for the payments if they are entitled to free school meals at the end of June 2022.

Which children are eligible for free school meals?

Children in Northern Ireland are eligible for free school meals if they are in full time education and their parents receive one of the following benefits.

A child is also eligible if their parents don’t get one of these benefits, but they have a statement of special educational needs and is designated to require a special diet. A child is also eligiblewhere you are an Asylum Seeker supported by the Home Office Asylum Support Assessment Team (ASAT).  

To apply for free school meals if you have not already done so, visit

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The Department for Communities in Northern Ireland has confirmed that it is introducing a new Child Funeral Fund.

This is to help bereaved parents meet the costs of a funeral on the death of a child under 18 or in the event of a still-birth after 24 weeks.

The Child Funeral Fund will make a one-off lump sum payment of £3,056 towards funeral costs, paid to the parent or to the funeral director for a basic funeral. The fund will not be means-tested, which means anyone can apply regardless of their income or savings. 

Detailed information on how to apply is not yet available. However, new regulations make clear that will come into force on 1 June.

These regulations also make clear that parents won’t receive the payment if they’ve already received a payment for the funeral under Northern Ireland’s means-tested funeral expenses payments scheme.

For more information about the new fund, visit the Department for Communities website.