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Free school meals

Find out how to apply for free school meals for children that attend school in Westminster.

Published on: 31 August 2021

Last updated: 7 October 2021

Year 3 and above

You can apply for free school meals if your child is in year 3 and above, in full time education and you receive any 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)
  • 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)
  • 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

If you receive Working Tax Credit you will not be entitled to free school meals unless you have:

  • stopped work in the last 4 weeks; or
  • reduced your hours to less than 16 hours in the last 4 weeks

Children who receive Income Support or Income Based JobSeeker's Allowance in their own right are also entitled to receive free school meals.

Please note: you will only need to apply once using the same form if you have more than one child.