Can Your Child Claim Free School Meals?
Caerphilly County Borough Council is encouraging parents and carers to check if their child is eligible to claim free school meals.
A child may be eligible to receive free school meals if their parent / carer are entitled to receive one of the following:
- Income Support
- Income Based Jobseekers Allowance
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and their annual income does not exceed £16,190
- Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
- Working Tax Credit ‘run-on’ – the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit
Parents who pay for their child to have school meals could save around £580 per year if they qualify for free school meals. Accessing free school meals also allows parents and carers to receive a one-off clothing grant of £105 when the child is moving from primary school to their first year of secondary school. Schools also receive an additional £1,050 funding for every child registered for free school meals.
Cabinet Member for Community and Leisure Services, Cllr. Nigel George, said “I would encourage all parents and carers to check if they’re eligible to claim free school meals. A hot, nutritiously balanced school meal is hugely beneficial to pupils and can assist their learning and wellbeing.”
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