Who is eligible?
Your child might be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:
•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)
Children who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals.
If your child is eligible for and registered to receive free school meals between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2023, they’ll remain eligible until they finish the phase of schooling (primary / Year 6 or secondary / Year 11) they’re in on 31 March 2023.