Reproduced from Cornwall Council website

Children in Year 3 and above 

Your child may be eligible for benefits-related free school meals if you, or the child themselves, meet the eligibility criteria

If eligible for Free School Meals, your child will also be eligible for pupil premium.  This is additional funding paid to the school to support your child in their learning.

Free school meals eligibility criteria if you receive benefits

A child is eligible for free school meals if their parent/carer (or the child themselves) receives 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).
  • Income Support (IS)
  • Job Seekers’ Allowance (Income-Based) and equal based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Income Related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA-IR) and equal based Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit (CTC) with an annual income of less than £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Guarantee Element of Pension Credit (GPC)
  • Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 (IAA) Supports

If you are claiming the benefits listed below you are not eligible for free school meals. This is regardless of what other benefits/credits are being claimed.

  • Working Tax Credit
  • Contribution-Based Job Seeker’s Allowance and/or Contribution-Based Employment and Support Allowance

There are different eligibility criteria for families who are not entitled to benefits (NRPF – No Recourse to Public Funds)

Apply for Free School Meals

You can apply for Free School Meals and Pupil Premium online. 

Please ensure you have read the important information on this page before applying

Apply for free school meals

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