Free School Meals Information
Your guide to free school meals
Free School Meals are available to children whose parents are in receipt of:
- Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods)
- Income Support
- Income-Based Jobseekers Allowance
- Income Related Employment Support Allowance
- Child Tax Credit (WITHOUT Working Tax Credit) and have and annual household income (as assessed by HMRC) below £16,190
- Run-on Working Tax Credit which is only paid for 4 weeks after you STOP qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- The Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
- Support under PartV1 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
Further information can be obtained from https://beta.bathnes.gov.uk/apply-free-school-meals .
It is important that children register for Free School Meals if their parent/guardian receives any of the eligible benefits. Registering for Free School Meals attracts additional funding for your school and may also qualify children for additional financial support for other activities eg:- School Trips. Although it is recommended the child eats the meal, this is optional and parents/guardians should register regardless of whether or not the child wants a meal.
Free School Meals are available for children who attend Local Authority maintained schools and Academies including 6th formers and nursery pupils that attend these schools.
Parents need to make an official application to receive Free School Meals for their children, but while their application is being processed schools have the discretion to issue TEMPORARY COVER. This temporary cover should last for a maximum period of TWO WEEKS and if authorisation is not received from this office at the end of this time please ensure that no further Free School Meals are taken. It is the Schools responsibility to keep a record of any temporary cover issued.