Free school meals
Eligibility for Free School Meals
You can claim free school meals for your children if you receive any of the following:
- Income Support
- Income based Job Seekers Allowance
- Income Related Only Employment and Support Allowance
- Child Tax Credit with an annual income of less than £16,190
- The ‘Guarantee’ element of State Pension Credit Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999. (In this case, you will need to call one of the numbers below, where you will be asked for more information).
Please note, however, that your children will not qualify if you are receiving Working Tax Credit, regardless of your income.
Applying for Free School Meals
To apply for Free School Meals, please click the link below. You need only fill in one form even if your children attend different schools. It may not be necessary to provide proof of the benefit which you receive, as your entitlement can be checked by the local authority using the National Free School Meals Eligibility Checking Service. In order that these checks can be made and your claim can be processed as quickly as possible, please make sure that you include your national insurance number and date of birth on the form. You should also note that by signing the form you are giving permission for the service to be used.
If the checking service indicates that you are not entitled to Free School Meals, the local authority will contact you to provide recent written proof of benefit.
Help with your application
The Free School Meals service is administered by the local authority. If you would like further information, please contact us using the following information:
Telephone: 0300 111 8007
The team are open Monday to Friday normal office hours and don't close during the school holidays.
If you have any queries, ask at the school office and we’ll do what we can to assist. Alternatively, you can email your queries to firstname.lastname@example.org.