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Free School Meals, Clothing and School Journey Grants

As your child starts school it is important that you receive all the benefits to which you may be entitled. When your child is in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2, they will receive a Universal government provided free school meal.

Benefits-related Free School Meals, clothing and school journey grants
You may also be entitled to benefits-related free school meals. It is important for you to apply immediately for this as it will entitle your child to receive free school meals, clothing grants and school journey grants. The school also benefits from this grant financially as it enables us to provide additional resources for the children.

Who is entitled to benefits-related free school meals, clothing and school journey grants?
You are eligible for benefits-related free school meals if you are in receipt of any of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income Based job Seekers Allowance
  • Income Based Employment Allowance
  • Support under Part 6 of the Immigration Asylum Act 1999
  • Universal Credit (Annual net income not exceeding £7,400)
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Pensions Credit
  • Child Tax credit (CTC) with a household income below £16,190
  • Child Tax Credit (At a higher rate than the basic family element)

You do not need to provide evidence to apply for benefits- related free school meals. For more information and to download an application form please click here. You can also obtain an application form from the school office.

No recourse to public funds free school meals
From January 2021 this benefit has been temporarily extended to include some children of groups who have no recourse to public funds. These groups are:

  • Children of Zambrano carers
  • Children of families with no recourse to public funds with a right to remain in the UK on grounds of private and family life under Article 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights
  • Children of families receiving support under section 17 of the Children Act 1989 who are also subject to a no recourse to public funds restriction.

These groups are subject to a maximum household income threshold of £31,500 per year.

In addition the eligibility has also been extended to children of failed asylum seekers supported under Section 4 of the immigration and Asylum Act 1999. This group is not subject to a maximum household income threshold.

You will need to provide evidence that you qualify under the above criteria and your household income if applicable. For further information about applying under the no recourse to public funds criteria and an application form please contact email info@stmargaretce.greenwich.sch.uk.

Please claim for what you are entitled to receive
During the pandemic all those parents in receipt of benefit- related free school meals received an additional food voucher for £15 per child every week. So it really is very important that you claim for what you are entitled to receive.