Free school meals

Free school meals contact 01273 293497

How to apply

If you receive any of the below benefits you can:

You can also ask for child's school for an application form. 


Children whose parents receive one of the following benefits will be entitled to receive free school meals:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related employment and support allowance (this benefit was introduced 27 October 2008)
  • support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Child Tax Credit (provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit) and have an annual income that does not exceed £16 190 (as assessed by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs). 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.
  • the Guarantee element of State Pension Credit

Working Tax Credit

If you are in receipt of any Working Tax Credit you will not be eligible to apply for Free School Meals

Unsure if you are eligible for free school meals?

We can undertake an online check for you in complete confidence - you will need to tell us your National Insurance Number or your National Asylum Seeker Number (NASS), your date of birth and your surname (as it appears on your benefit letter)

Email Free School Meals or call the Free School Meals team (01273) 293497.