Apply for free school meals

  1. Apply for free school meals (You are here)
  2. If your circumstances change

You can claim free school meals for a child who lives with you and who you are responsible for.

Your claim will be automatically processed if you receive Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support and get any of the qualifying benefits.


Your child is eligible for Free School Meals if you get one or more of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Job Seekers' Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, provided you are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit, and have an annual gross income, of no more than £16,190 (as of 2014 financial year) as assessed by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit 

All children in Key Stage 1 will be entitled to Universal Free School Meals from September 2014.

However, as pupil premium is an important payment for schools - and a really good opportunity for eligible parents to get even more support for their children in school - it is important that you still apply if your child is in Key Stage 1. If your child is in Key Stage 1 and you do not apply, your child's school will not be able to claim the appropriate child premium and will have less money to spend on supporting children in school.

Apply for free school meals

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