Who can claim

Claiming Free School Meals

If you are on a low income or receive Child Benefit and any of these benefits, you could claim free school meals for your child:

  • Child Tax credit
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Pension Credit (guaranteed credit)
  • Universal Credit

You may qualify for Free School Meals for your child if:

  • You are an asylum seeker
  • Your combined income is £16,190 or less a year (this includes any benefits you are receiving)
  • You live outside Barking and Dagenham but meet the previous criteria and your child is attending a school in the borough
  • Your only or main income is one of the benefits listed over the page

Unless your child is in reception, year 1 or year 2, you will not qualify for free school meals for your child if:

  • Your combined income is more than £16,190 a year (this includes any benefits you are receiving)
  • You live in Barking and Dagenham but your child attends a school outside the borough (you would need to claim from the local authority the school is in)
  • You receive Working Tax Credit

Since September 2014, all reception, year 1 and year 2 pupils will be entitled to free school meals. To ensure your child’s school receives the additional funding for the Pupil’s Premium please complete the new application form available at your child’s school reception.

Apply for Free School Meals

Please have your National Insurance and Child Benefit number to hand when applying.

All schools have been asked to treat the application and award of free school meals sensitively.