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