The criteria to receive free school meals are set by central government. An award can only be provided where a parent/carer/child receives:
Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
Child Tax Credit (not Working Tax Credit), with an annual income of below £16,190
Pension Guarantee Credit
Employment and Support Allowance, income related
Support under part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act, 1999
Working Tax Credit run-on, paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
Universal Credit, with an income of £7,400 or less
Please note that if you do not receive of one of the listed benefits, your application will be refused, in line with the law. Please consider this before applying.
You should only complete the
online application form if you receive one of the benefits listed above.
Change of circumstances
If your child changes school or address, you will need to reapply for free school meals.