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Free School Meals

School meals are a good way to ensure that your child eats well at lunchtime, and they can also save you time and money. Claiming free school meals also helps the school. We get extra funding, known as the ‘pupil premium’, for every eligible pupil who is registered. With this money we could provide more support to help your child succeed at school and enjoy the same benefits as others, therefore giving your child the best learning experience possible.

The parent must be responsible for that child, for example, receiving Child Benefit for them. The parent must also get one of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance
  • The guaranteed part of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (CTC) as long as:
  • it doesn’t include an amount for childcare
  • they are not also getting Working Tax Credit, and
  • their household income (worked out by HM Revenue & Customs) is no more than £16,190 a year
  • A Working Tax Credit ‘run-on’ payment for four weeks after stopping work, or reducing working hours to under 16 hours a week
  • Universal Credit.

Foster children cannot have free school meals even if the foster parent is getting any of the above. Foster parents receive an allowance for looking after the child from Children’s Services.

Children who go to school in Manchester but live elsewhere get free school meals from the council where they live. Parents should apply to their local council.

If you are unsure about a claim for Free School Meals, please either call into your local Council Benefits Office or speak with Mrs Fyfe, Administrator who will be able to provide you with a claim form.

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