Free School Meals
FREE SCHOOL MEAL AND PUPIL PREMIUM
All children in key stage one (aged 4-7) are entitled to the Universal Free School Meals. However, in addition to this, the school can access additional government funding to support learning for those pupils from families who are in receipt of the benefits listed below:
Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:
- Universal Credit with a household income of less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)
- Income-Based Jobseekers' Allowance
- Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance
- Child Tax Credit, not entitled to Working Tax Credit and household income less than £16,190
- Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
- Income Support
- Working Tax Credit 'run on' – the payment you receive for a further four weeks after you finish work
If your child is currently eligible for free school meals, that eligibility will be protected until Universal Credit is introduced (expected March 2022) even if your circumstances change. If your child is still in education on this date, they will be eligible until they finish the phase of schooling (primary or secondary) they are in.
If you have a younger child starting school in September and you are no longer eligible, they will not be protected because this would be a new claim.
If you qualify for any of the above, please contact the South Area Education Office on 01772 532109 or email: FSM.South@lancashire.gov.uk
You can also apply online by clicking here.