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Free School Meals

Grants and Subsidies for Visits / Activities / School Meals

  • Did you know that by registering for Free School Meals your child not only has the opportunity to enjoy a free school meal but they could also be entitled to a substantial reduction in the cost of some residential visits, after school activities and school holiday activities?

Am I Eligible for Free School Meals?

You may qualify if you are a parent, guardian or carer and receive one of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Child Tax Credit but not Working Tax Credit and have an annual income that does not exceed £16,190
  • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

Who can claim for free school meals

Free School Meals can be awarded for any Child that attends a school within Cheshire West and Chester area, even if they reside outside of the area, where a parent meets the qualifying criteria.  Free School Meals cannot be awarded for foster children.

Free School Meals are available to pupils who attend sixth forms attached to a Local Authority maintained or Academy school, as long as the course of study began before the pupil reached age 18.

The free school meals team can assess your claim over the phone using an eligibility checker to confirm entitlement; if successful your claim will begin the same day.  You can also apply by completing the online application form at www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk – just type free school meals into the search box and you will be directed to more information and the application form.