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

Apply online for free school meals

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.

Your data

When you apply online for free school meals (or paper application) we'll use and process your information for the purposes of your application, but also for providing children's education and supporting your child's teaching and learning - find out how we process your data.

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