Free school meals

Free school meals – is your child eligible?

Posted by: Laura Hammond

Wed 14th September 2022

Families in Derbyshire are being urged to check to see if they are eligible for free school meals.

All children aged between four and seven – those in reception, Year 1 and Year 2 – are entitled to universal free school meals regardless of personal circumstances.

However, children in other school years – those aged between 3 and 18 years old – could also be entitled if they meet certain criteria.

If you receive any of the following, then your child/children could qualify for free school meals:

  • Universal Credit, as long as you don’t have an annual net earned income of more than £616.67 per month
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, as long as you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of less than £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit run-on

Councillor Alex Dale, cabinet member for education at Derbyshire County Council, said: “If you’re eligible, free school meals are a great way to save some money and provide pupils with a nutritious hot meal.

“You can check if you’re entitled to a meal at any time of the year but we’re encouraging parents to do it at the start of the new term to get the maximum benefit.

“It’s a very quick and easy online form and our team will be in touch within a week to let you know if you’re eligible.”

You can check your eligibility here or by calling 01629 536481.

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