Children are entitled to receive free school meals if they or their parents or guardians receive any of the benefits below.
- Universal Credit, provided they have an annual net earned income not exceeding £7,400(£616.67 per month)
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The guarantee element of Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit, provided they are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by HMRC
- Working Tax Credit run-out - paid 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
If you think you are entitled to free school meals you can make an application through the link below
It is important that you register for free school meals even if you choose to provide a lunch for your child yourself or your child is receiving a universal free school meal as school receives extra funding for pupils based on the percentage of free school meals in school. This funding is used for such things as providing additional support for pupils or for subsidising the costs of trips and visits etc.