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Free School Meals & UIFSM

Find out if your child is eligible for free school meals and how to apply.

  • You can only apply online for free school meals
  • You will get an immediate response and confirmation email after you've completed your application

Please note if your child is of nursery/pre-school age, you should not apply for Free School Meals here. Applications for children starting in Reception Year in September will be processed in August.  Please visit the Early Years website page for further information on what is available for your child.

To check if your child is eligible call: 01473 260989.
For Frequently Asked Questions please visit here.

Your child will get free school meals if you receive any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income based Job Seeker’s Allowance
  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit but no element of Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenues & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190
  • If you are supported under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Working Tax Credit during the four-week period immediately after your employment finishes or after you start to work less hours per week
  • Universal Credit

Further information about entitlement to Free School Meals can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/apply-free-school-meals or you can contact the Free School Meals team on 0345 606 6173.


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