Universal Free School Meals
Since September 2014, the government has introduced universal free school meals for all pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. This means all children in these classes are entitled to a school meal of their choice every day, even if you are not eligible for free school meals.
If you receive any of the following benefits you are entitled to free school meals for your children:
Income Support (IS)
Employment and Support Allowance (Income Related) - not Contribution related
Income-based Job Seekers Allowance (IBJSA) - not Contribution based
Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit.
Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
Child Tax Credit with an annual taxable income (as assessed by HMRC) of less than £16,190 as long as the family are not also in receipt of Working Tax Credit.
Unfortunately if you receive working Tax credits you are not eligible for free school meals but if you have recently become unemployed, and are still receiving Working Tax Credits, you may be entitled. Please phone Devon County Council for advice.