APPLYING FOR FREE SCHOOL MEALS
Parent/carers now have to apply on line.
All new applications for Free School Meals must now be made on line at
Should parent/carers not have the facilities at home, parent/carers could complete the on line application at school. It is quick and simple and parent/carers will know straight away if the child qualifies for a free meal.
The application is immediately checked against the DWP Eligibility Checking Service and parent/carers are told straight away if they qualify for free school meals.
If the parent/carer has only recently applied for Income Support etc. i.e. in the past 4 weeks and the DWP are still processing their Benefit claim, the free school meal application will be forwarded as a ‘Pending’ claim. The LA will keep checking the claim for 28 days to see if the parent/carers qualify for free school meals. As soon as they qualify, the LA will process the claim and backdate it to the date the claim was received.