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Are you entitled to claim for Free School Meals?

Are you entitled to claim for Free School Meals?
January 10, 2023 Belinda Gosling

Dear Parents and Carers

The current situation regarding the cost of living is having a significant impact on the economy and our local community.  With this in mind, I would like to share with parents and carers the criteria for claiming Free School Meals.

  • 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

  • Universal Credit – if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

Application Process 

Your application will be refused if you’re not receiving any of the benefits listed above.  Please consider this before applying.

You can apply at

Further advice can be found here:

Yours sincerely

Mrs Kate Finch