Parent and carers who are in receipt of one of the following income-related benefits may be entitled to apply for free school meals for their children:
- Income Support
- Income-based Job Seekers' Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Child Tax Credit combined with both a household income below £16,190 per annum and not in receipt of any Working Tax Credit
- Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Guarantee Element of state Pension Credit
- Universal Credit, with annual household earnings of less than £7,400
You may also qualify if you've just started to work less than 16 hours a week, or immediately after employment has stopped for a temporary 4-week 'run-on' period.
Note: Contributions-based benefits, including contribution-related Job Seekers' Allowance do not entitle you to assistance with free school meals.
Universal Infant free school meals
All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are automatically eligible to receive free school meals.
Parents and carers who feel they may meet the low income criteria as above are asked to apply, as schools will benefit from additional funding known as the Pupil Premium.
How we process your data
When you apply online for free school meals (or via a paper application), we'll use and process your information for the purposes of your application, and to help support your child's teaching and learning.
Find out how we process your data.