Free School Meals

Do you think your child could be entitled to free school meals following a change in your circumstances, but you are unsure how to apply? 

Free school meal entitlement is not directly linked to your universal credit and must be applied for separately.

Families who receive certain benefits may be eligible for free school meals. Your child is eligible for free school meals if you’re in receipt of one of the following benefits:

• Universal Credit with an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400 (£616.67 per month). 

• Income Support

• Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance

• Income-related Employment and Support Allowance

• Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

• The guarantee element of Pension Credit

• Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for the four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)

• Child Tax Credit (with no Working Tax Credit) with an annual income of no more than £16,190

All children in reception, years 1 and 2 would normally receive a free lunch whilst attending school, this is known as Universal Free School Meals. 

Did you know you are still able to apply for free school meals entitlement if you meet the above criteria, even when your child is already receiving universal free school meals? 

If you think your child is entitled to free school meals it only takes a few minutes and one form to apply.  

If you meet any of the above criteria, please complete the attached form and return to Mrs. Barber at She may need to contact you to gather a little more information or to assess your entitlement criteria. Mrs Barber will then contact the Pupil Access team on your behalf. 

Please note: It is the Lancashire Free School Meals team who make the decision about a child's eligibility, so school will need the requested information on the form to complete the application. It is not a process we can carry out over the phone, as we need to send the data to them. 


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