FREE SCHOOL MEALS

If you are claiming certain benefits you could save money by claiming free school meals for your child.

Children whose parents or carers receive the following support payments are entitled to receive free school meals in schools maintained by the council. The term parent includes someone living in the household as the partner of a child's biological parent.

  • Universal Credit
  • Income Support
  • Income Based Job Seeker's Allowance
  • Income Related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Child Tax Credit where total annual income (as assessed by Her Majesty's Revenue and Custom service) is less than £16,190.00 a year
  • Working Tax Credit 'run-on' - this is the payment someone receives for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working tax Credit (usually when their employment ceases or after they start to work less than 16 hours per week). Any other type of Working Tax Credit will not make you entitled to free school meals.

Pupils who receive Income Support or Income Based Job Seekers Allowance in their own right are also eligible to receive free school meals.