Free school meals

Who gets free school meals?

Once your child has a full-time school place you can apply for free school meals for them if you receive the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Job Seeker's Allowance
  • Income-based Employment and support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit with a taxable income of no more than £16,190 and not in receipt of Working Tax Credit
  • The Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit.
  • Support from the National Asylum Support Service (NASS)

Working Tax Credit (WTC) special circumstances

If you are receiving Working Tax Credit you will not be entitled to free school meals unless you are still getting WTC because you:

  • have stopped work in the last four weeks; or
  • reduced your hours to less than 16 hours in the last four weeks

If this applies to you please contact the free school meals team as soon as possible for further advice

Young people getting benefits

Young people in receipt of Income Support and Income Based Jobseekers Allowance (IBJSA) in their own right are also entitled to free school meals.

If you think you are entitled to free school meals it is very important that you apply for them even if your child eats a packed lunch. This is because the amount of money a school receives from central government is dependant on the number of children entitled to free school meals.


For more information please contact the free school meals team

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