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Free School Meals

Your child may have free meals when they are at school full time if you receive:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Employment Support Allowance (Income related)
  • Child Tax Credit, and you are not entitled to receive Working Tax Credit and you have a taxable income of less than £16,190 (from 6 April 2010) as shown on your Tax Credit Award Summary 
  • The Guarantee Element of the State Pension Credit
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

If you are aged between 16 and 19 and you receive Income Support, you may also be entitled to free school meals.

Note: From 1 May 2009 where a parent is entitled to Working Tax Credit during the four- week period immediately after their employment ceases, or after they start to work less than 16 hours per week, their children are entitled to free school lunches.

For more information and to apply please visit the website:

You will need to sign and return the completed application form along with proof of your current benefit(s) to your local area Education Office, School or Customer Service Centre who will arrange for this to be processed as quickly as possible.

If your application is successful we will authorise the school to provide your child with meals free of charge.  We will not send you a cheque or any other form of payment.