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Free school meals

 ​​​Primary and secondary school pupils will get free school meals if their family receives:​
  • Income Support
  • Income Related Employment Support Allowance
  • Income Based JobsSeeker’s Allowance
  • Guarantee Element of State Pension Credit, or
  • Child Tax Credit with an income less than £16,190
  • Universal Credit if the net household earnings is less than £7400.


*Families who get Working Tax Credit do not qualify. ​

Once you submit an application, you will be notified in writing of the outcome.

If you are eligible for free school meals, your child’s school will be notified so that they can update their records. 

Free school meals are awarded for each child separately and not for the household.​

You do not need to re-apply if your child moves to another school in the borough. When we are advised by your child’s new school that they are a pupil there then we will amend our records and inform them of your eligibility. 


Changes from 1 April 2019

Any pupil eligible for free school meals on the 1 April 2019 will have their elig​ibility protected, and this will apply until the end of the rollout of Universal Credit (currently scheduled for March 2025​), regardless of whether their circumstances change. 

Any pupil who becomes eligible under the new criteria during the rollout of Universal Credit (from 1 April 2019 to 31 December 2023​) will also retain their eligibility until the end of Universal Credit rollout, regardless of whether their circumstances change. 

Once the rollout of Universal Credit has completed, transitional protection will continue until the protected child comes to the end of their current phase in education, such as the end of primary or secondary school.

If you would like more information the Welsh Government have put together some useful information​​​​.


For more information about free school meals please contact us.

Contact us

Tel: 029 2087 1071​

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