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Cost of living support for families and children

Apply for free school meals

If you or your child receive certain benefits, you can apply for free school meals from Year 3 and above through Lancashire County Council.

Visit Lancashire County Council - Free School Meals to apply.

Healthy Start Vouchers

If you are at least ten weeks pregnant, or have a child under four years old, you might be able to get free vitamins and Healthy Start vouchers for milk, fruit and vegetables, and infant formula milk.

Visit NHS - Healthy Start Scheme for more details and to apply.

Help with childcare costs

Over 1 million families are missing out on up to £2,000 a year towards childcare costs. Check what help you could get. Use the online Gov.uk Childcare Calculator to find out how much you could get towards approved childcare. This includes free childcare for children aged between two and four and help with childcare costs if your child is under 16 (or under 17 and disabled).