Sign up for free school meals

Find out if your child is eligible for free school meals.

Free school meals

School meals are free for your child or children if you receive:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • An income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit and have an annual income of £16,190 or less (but not if you are in work and receive Working Tax Credit)
  • The guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Universal Credit, provided you have an annual net earned income not exceeding £7,400 (£616.67 a month)

How to apply

If you submit a claim for Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction and you are in receipt of one of the qualifying incomes listed above, we will automatically assess your entitlement to Free School Meals (FSM). This is completed at the point that we assess your entitlement to Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Reduction. There is no need for you to apply separately for FSM.
If you don’t have a new claim to submit, or if you haven’t recently submitted a claim, you can apply by completing the application form below.

Universal Credit

If you are in receipt of Universal Credit and have an annual net earned income not exceeding £7,400, you should complete the application form below.

If you have recently applied for Universal Credit due to a change in your circumstances brought about by the coronavirus pandemic, there will possibly be a delay in confirming your eligibility for free school meals while your application is being processed by the Department for Work and Pensions.

Note: If you are over 18 and still attend school, you can claim for free school meals if you receive any of the first three allowances listed above.

How to apply

Residents in receipt of Universal Credit, and those who receive one of the benefits listed above, should complete the free school meals application form below.

You do not need to complete this form if you are getting or wish to claim Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Reduction, you will be notified of your entitlement automatically.

Please make sure you have read the qualifying information before you submit a claim.

The person receiving the qualifying benefits must complete the form.

Your details
Your partner's details
Contact details
Please include your full telephone number including the area code
Details of school age children who live with you
I agree to the declaration below:*


Parent/carer declaration:

  • I confirm that the information given on this form is complete and correct.
  • I will inform you immediately if any of the details on the form change.
  • I will inform you immediately if my financial circumstances change.
  • I agree that you will use the information I have provided to process my claim for free school meals and will contact other sources as allowed by law to verify my initial, and ongoing, entitlement. I understand that the results of any free school meals eligibility check may also be used to assess my entitlement to receive school transport if appropriate.
  • I understand that I will have to pay for the cost of the meals taken if I do not tell you about any change of circumstances and my child/ren receive free school meals that they were not entitled to.

General Data Protection Regulations

The information that you give on this form will be used for the purpose of processing your application for free school meals. The Local Authority is under a duty to protect the public funds it handles and may use the information you have provided to prevent and detect fraud.  We also share this information, for the same purpose, with other government departments that handle public funds

Alternatively, you can complete the word document application below and email the completed form to
School meals application form (Word)Please note pupils in reception, Year 1 and Year 2 will not be able to receive a free school lunch until schools reopen.

Latest menus

School meals offer great value for money and provide your child with a nutritious, tasty meal cooked fresh every day.

School meals are:

  • Nutritionally balanced to ensure they are low in fat, sugar and salt and high in vitamins and minerals – healthier than many packed lunches
  • Helping your child to concentrate throughout the day – a hot meal at lunch-time provides energy – as well as encouraging them to try new foods
  • Produced to a high quality using locally produced ingredients
  • Helping your child to learn the social skills that eating and interacting with others brings
  • Great value for money - £2.10 for a primary school meal and £2.15 for a secondary meal deal