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Free School Meals

Parents/carers eligible for free school meals could save themselves hundreds of pounds each year by applying.

Children and young people can have free school meals, if their family is receiving: 

  • income-based jobseeker's allowance;
  • income-related employment and support allowance;  or
  • 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)

The school will ask to see a letter showing that the young person or their family is currently receiving one of these payments.

You will need to contact your child's school directly for more information and to apply.
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The government have temporarily extended free school meal eligibility to include some children of groups who have no recourse to public funds (NRPF).

These groups are:

  • children of Zambrano carers
  • children of families with no recourse to public funds with a right to remain in the UK on grounds of private and family life under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights
  • children of families receiving support under Section 17 of the Children Act 1989 who are also subject to a no recourse to public funds restriction

These groups are subject to a maximum household income threshold of £31,500 per year for families living in London.

More details are on the GOV.UK website

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Last updated: 16 Nov 2020

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