If you're getting certain benefits, you'll be eligible to apply for free school meals for your child.
Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:
- Universal Credit - your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax, and not including any benefits you get)
- Income Support
- income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
- income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (provided you're not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
- Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
If you're currently getting Working Tax Credit, or your partner is getting Working Tax Credit, regardless of your income, you will not qualify for free school meals.
Free school meals for Key Stage One children
All children in Key Stage One (Reception, Year 1, and Year 2) are entitled to free school meals.
Let us know if you're also getting any of the qualifying benefits (above). Your child's school can get extra funding if you do.