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Free School Meals

The Government operates a free school meal system to support children from lower income families. Pupil Premium is a funding scheme which allows schools to access additional funding linked to the number of children claiming free school meals (FSM). Please see the qualifying criteria below. 

If your child is eligible for free school meals, they will remain eligible until they finish the phase of schooling they are in on 31 March 2022. 

It is therefore vital that parents who qualify for FSM apply, even if they do not wish to take up the offer of a free school meal. 

Qualifying Criteria for Free School Meals 

 You will qualify for FSM if you are in receipt of any of the following benefits: 

  • Income Support 
  • Employment & Support Allowance – Income related 
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance (NOT Contribution Based JSA) 
  • Child Tax Credit only (with a combined family income of less than £16,190 per annum as assessed by HM Revenues & Customs) Please note, anyone receiving Working Tax Credit, regardless of income, will NOT qualify for FSMs. 
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit 
  • Universal Credit 
  • National Asylum Seekers Support (NASS) 
  • Guaranteed Element of Pension Tax Credit 

How to Apply for Free School Meals 

You can register and find out if your child is eligible by visiting the following websites: 

Information accessible online here.

Apply online here.

Please register with the portal, even if you have applied and been unsuccessful in the past. Milton Keynes Council will then have your contact details and can inform you straight away if your eligibility changes. 

All applications for free school meals will be treated in the strictest confidence. 


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