This scheme provides free school meals for children from low income families.
Your child will receive free school meals. In most cases secondary school children will be given tokens to pay for their meals at school on a weekly basis. Primary school children are marked into the dinner register, whether free or paid meals, and receive a school meal each day.
All pupils in reception, year 1 and year 2 in state-funded schools in England qualify for free school meals. If you live in other parts of the UK, or if your children are older, you will qualify for free school meals for your child if you are in receipt of any of the following:
employment and support allowance (income-related);
support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999;
guaranteed element of state pension credit;
child tax credit, but you are not entitled to working tax credit and have an annual income that does not exceed £16,190 (as assessed by the Inland Revenue);
Universal credit if you household income is less than £7,400 per year;
working tax credit, during the four-week period immediately after your employment finishes or after you stop qualifying for working tax credits.
Application forms are available from your local authority and in most cases can be downloaded from their website. You may also be able to apply by asking for a ‘free school meals’ form from your child’s school and returning the completed form to them. You will need to show up-to-date proof that you are entitled to make a claim. Renewal forms will be sent out each year.
Contact your local authority direct to find out more about free school meals.