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Free School Meals Information

Free school meals entitlement

 

Who is entitled to free school meals?

Parents do not have to pay for school lunches if they receive any of the following:

  • 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
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit* and have an annual household income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190
  • Universal Credit

*unless in the Working Tax Credit ‘run on’ – the payment someone may receive for a further 4 weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit.
 

Children who receive any of the qualifying benefits listed above in their own right are also eligible to receive free school meals.

Eligibility criteria and information on free school meals are available to download at http://www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/parents/schools/free-school-meals

 

If you feel that you are entitled to Free School Meals for your child/ren then please complete the registration form and return it to school. Registration forms are available to download at http://www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/parents/schools/free-school-meals?tab=downloads or alternatively click on the link below which will open up the registration form.

What if my circumstances change?

You should notify the school of any changes:

  • if you start work and come off benefit
  • if you change address
  • if your child changes school

 

Free School Meals and Healthy Eating

Over the last few years the quality of school food has improved dramatically. Research shows that pupils are more likely to concentrate in lessons if they have eaten a nutritionally balanced meal at lunchtime. By choosing school lunches, not only will you be saving yourself the time of preparing a packed lunch every day, you can also be sure that your child is getting the range and amount of food that will help contribute to their health and well-being. On average parents spend £450 on packed lunches per year for each child, which is money that could be spent on other things.

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