School meals

Children whose parents receive the following support payments are entitled to receive free school meals:School meals

  • Income Support (IS)
  • Income Based Jobseekers Allowance (IBJSA)
  • An income-related employment and support allowance (this benefit was introduced on 27 October 2008)
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999; or
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs) that as of 6 April 2010 does not exceed £16,190.
  •  Working Tax Credit -during the four-week period immediately after your employment ceases, or after you start to work less than 16 hours per week, your children are entitled to free school lunches
  • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit. 
  • Universal Credit - Please view further information.

If, after reading the information on this page and on the application forms, you are unsure whether you qualify for an award, please submit an application form and we will contact you with the outcome.

‘Please note you should apply to the local authority in which your child’s school is situated’. 

Young benefit claimants

Children who receive IS or IBJSA in their own right are also entitled to receive free school meals.

It should be noted that children who receive “education suitable for children who have not attained compulsory school age” will still need to satisfy the additional requirement of “receiving education both before and after the lunch period”, before being eligible to receive free school meals.

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