Free School Meals Update 3rd April, 2020

Free School Meals

Payments are now being made in lieu of free school meals.  Parents/carers will receive £11.50 per week, per child into their bank account every Wednesday.

Anyone who thinks they will now qualify for this payment can find the full list of entitlement criteria and application form at

Parents who had applied and whose children were receiving free meals prior to 23rd March, and had previously provided bank details for payment of school clothing grant, should have received their first payment on 25th March and a letter.

New applications are being dealt with as a priority and anyone who has made a new application should start receiving payments from the week after their application.

Anyone who thinks they will qualify for this payment but has not previously applied, or was not previously entitled and their income has now reduced, can find the full list of entitlement criteria and application form at  If they don’t have internet access or experience issues submitting an application they can contact the Benefits & Council Tax Team on 0341 55 11 55 and the application will be taken over the phone.

If a child appears on the entitlement list but a payment hasn’t been received, or for any other queries or issues with their payment, parents should contact the team on 03451 55 11 55.

School clothing grants are also available for those on a low income.