Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following
Children who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals.
Your child may also get free school meals if you get any of these benefits and your child is both:
If your child is eligible for free school meals, they’ll remain eligible until they finish the phase of schooling (primary or secondary) they’re in on 31 March 2022.
If you think you might be eligible for free school meals submit a claim. You will need to provide proof of your relationship to the child and the child’s date of birth.
The information you provide will be used to check if you are in receipt of a qualifying benefit and, if you are on Universal Credit, that your earnings do not exceed the threshold. If you claim Universal Credit, your earnings will be assessed from up to three of your last Universal Credit assessment periods.
Free School Meals application link
If you are eligible, the school will be notified. Your child will receive free school meals and the school will receive extra funding.
If you’re currently claiming free school meals your child will continue to receive free school meals until the end of the Universal Credit rollout period. This will apply even if your earnings rise above the new threshold or if you stop being entitled to Universal Credit. The rollout period is currently scheduled to end in March 2022.
Once Universal Credit is fully rolled out, your child will keep their free school meals until the end of their current phase of education, i.e. primary or secondary.
Further information about free school meals can be found of Gov.uk by following the link below.