Free school meals
Could your child be eligible for free school meals?
In these difficult financial times, we want to make sure you're getting all the help you're due.
A lot of people don't claim free school meals even though they're entitled. That's why we've launched a campaign to encourage people to check if they're eligible.
You don't need to worry about other children knowing your child gets free school meals. Only the school and catering staff will know.
You could save £400 a year for each child and your children could benefit from a good hot meal at lunchtime. The school will benefit too − they'll get the pupil premium of £1,300 a year from the government for each child on free school meals.
Your child may be able to get free school meals if you (or the young person themselves, where appropriate) get any of the following:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (provided you're 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 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
- Universal Credit
NB − Universal Credit has not yet been introduced to Derbyshire.
You will not be eligible if you are claiming Working Tax Credit.
To apply, fill in the form on this page and we'll write to you to let you know if your application has been successful.
Application form for Free School Meals
Note: Asterisks (*) indicate required information.
If you experience any problems with this form please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and quote form ID: ILF/233/09