Taking advice from the government’s website, if you get any of the following you could be eligible for free school meals for your children.

  • Income support
  • Income-based job seekers 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 (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

In addition, are children are able to receive free school meals, irrespective of parental finances, if they’re in Key Stage 1. Tell your local authority if you also get any of the qualifying benefits. Your child’s school can get extra funding if you do.

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