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Free School Meals Entitlement Criteria

from 6th April 2010


Children whose parents receive the following support payments are entitled to receive free school meals;

  • Income Support (IS).
  • Income Based Jobseekers Allowance (IBJSA).
  • Child Tax Credit (most recent award notice - with n Working Tax Credit AND annual income not exceeding £16,190)
  • Guarantee element of pension credit
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 
  • Income Related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Universal Credit
Extra Guidance;
  • Claims are currently renewed yearly. The Free School Meals Department, Department of Children’s Services send pre-printed application forms to the school for distribution before the claim is due to expire.
  • You can obtain a Free School Meals application form from the PHSG Reception.
  • The person claiming the benefit must sign the application form and produce the correct evidence;
    • All evidence for Income Support, Jobseekers Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance must be dated within 8 weeks, as the letter must be recent.
    • Income Based Job Seeker’s Allowance letters must have that specific name in the letter, as Contribution Based Job Seeker’s do not qualify. This information is usually on page 3 or 4 of the letter.
    • Employment and support Allowance Income Related (ESA(IR) letters must have that specific name in the letter, as Contribution based ESA does not qualify. This should be on page 2 of the letter.

Awards from the Inland Revenue must be TC602; renewal awards TC603 are not accepted.

Should you have any questions about this, or any other free school meal queries please get in touch with Miss J Straker at Plymouth High School for Girls on 01752 208308 or JStraker@phsg.org