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 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
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 4-week 'run-on' period only.
Universal Infant Free School Meals
All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are automatically eligible to receive free school meals. Parents/carers who feel they may meet the low income criteria as above are asked to apply as if they are entitled, schools will benefit from additional funding known as the Pupil Premium.
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.
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 for supporting your child's teaching and learning.
Find out how we process your data.