Free School Meals

Changes to free school meals eligibility
The eligibility criteria for free school meals has been changed from 1 April 2018. The Government has made amendments to the eligibility criteria to reflect the introduction of Universal Credit.  The rollout of Universal Credit in Northumberland is scheduled for Autumn 2018.
Who is eligible for free school meals?
Free school meals are available to pupils in receipt of, or whose parents are in receipt of, one or more of the following benefits:
  • 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 Job Seekers Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guarantee element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run on – paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
For further information and to apply for free school meals, please click here.