Eligibility for free school meals

To qualify for free school meals, parent/carers must be in receipt of one of the following income-related benefits:

  • 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, 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.

Please note that contributions-based benefits, including contribution-related Job Seekers Allowance do not entitle you to assistance with free school meals.

You may also qualify if you have just started to work less than 16 hours a week, or immediately after employment has ceased for a temporary four week 'run-on' period only.

Universal Credit

As Universal Credit is introduced in York, more information will be available on the level of income required to be eligible for free school meals.

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