Cost of Living

Support With the Cost of Living this Summer 

With the rising cost of living, here are a few reminders of help that is available for families.

Clothing Coventry – Summer Uniform Pop-Up Shop

A charity in Coventry will be running a Pop-up Shop to help provide free pre-loved school uniform this summer. They can supply various items including blazers, shirts, trousers, shoes and trainers. Anyone is welcome to access the shop. You can find Clothing Coventry at The Salvation Army, Upper Well St, CV1 4AG.

Opening times: Tuesdays and Thursdays 10-2 every week of summer holidays from 24 July to 25 August which is the last date so please pop down before then.

Do you have any good quality school uniform and shoes that your children have grown out of and no longer need? Please consider donating it to Clothing Coventry so they can help other families. Donate – Clothing Coventry

As well as this shop, Clothing Coventry supports people struggling to afford clothing for growing children and for adults. Please see the link here about how families in need can self-refer to request clothing to be picked up from their location in Hillfields.

Holiday and Food Activities scheme (HAF)

Students who are entitled to free school meals can be booked on a whole range of exciting, free activities this summer.  If your child is eligible, you should have received a HAF code needed to make the online bookings. There are some great free activities which also include free lunch or snacks. There are free sessions at The Wave, the Alan Higgs Sports centre, Art classes, and trips to see basketball, Cadbury’s World and even the seaside town of Weston Super-Mare and many more.  Please have a look at Coventry Holiday Activities and Food Programme – Coventry City Council

Please also see

Cost of Living Support from Coventry City Council

You can find out about more ways which the council supports with the cost of living at

Here you can find ways to get support with energy bills, how you can buy £25 food for just £5 at social supermarkets and much more.

Where can kids eat free in Summer ’23?

Have a look here for some great deals  Kids Eat Free – Kiddo Adventures

Where can you entertain the family for free?

Free Events and Attractions in Coventry (

Free School Meals – Benefits of receiving and eligibility criteria

Many children in Coventry are living in food poverty, yet hundreds of children are still not receiving their entitlement to a Free School Meal. One in four children in Coventry is eligible for a Free School Meal. More are taking up their entitlement but there are so many more who could be benefiting. Please do apply if you are entitled to even if your child doesn’t want to eat the school meal as this will release extra funding for your child at school.

The benefits of Free School Meals include:

  • You could save more than £450 a year per child on lunches
  • School gets extra funding to help children in their education (pupil premium- up to £1320 a year per child

Free School Meals – Year 3 +

Your child will be able to get Free School Meals if you receive any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Universal Credit – if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household earnings must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get).

Free School Meals – No recourse to public funds

Your child will be able to get Free School Meals if you fall into one of the following eligible groups

  • Zambrano carers
  • families who have no recourse to public funds with a right to remain in the UK on grounds of private and family life under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights
  • families receiving support under Section 17 of the Children Act 1989 who are also subject to a no recourse to public funds restriction
  • a subset of failed asylum seekers supported under Section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Chen carers
  • families holding a BN(O) passport
  • spousal visa holders
  • work visa holders
  • student visa holders
  • those with no immigration status

You will also need to evidence that your annual household income is below

  • £22,700 for families with 1 child
  • £26,300 for families with 2 or more children

In addition to these thresholds, families must hold no more than £16,000 in capital and savings.