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Information for Parents

New online Free School Meals system letter - March 2022

Free School Meals


Are you Eligible?

You may be eligible for free school meals if your child attends a state school, and you must be receiving one or more of the following:

  • Income Support 
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance 
  • Support under part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act, 1999 
  • Child Tax Credit, and your annual income is less than £16,190 
  • Guaranteed Pension Credit 
  • Income-based Employment and Support Allowance 
  • Working Tax Credit run-on 
  • Universal Credit, and your annual household income is £7,400 per annum (£616 per month) or less after tax, and not including any benefits.

If your child is currently receiving free school meals, and the above criteria no longer apply, your child’s eligibility is protected, and they will continue to receive free school meals until the end of the Universal Credit Roll Out. The Government has currently scheduled no earlier than July 2023 for the protection period to end. This could be longer and will depend on your child’s current year group.

Please submit an online application via this Citizen’s Portal to register your details with us so that we can keep in touch with any updates. We are unable to add any further siblings when you are no longer eligible under the benefit related criteria, however all children in Key Stage 1 (reception, year 1 and year r2) will receive a universal infant free school meal regardless of your circumstances.


Please access the portal on the following link to make a claim:



Starting Well Barnardo’s 0-19 Wyre Forest


For information regarding the family hubs please see the documents below:


Support for Parenting and Family Issues

Our Early Help offer details a range of ways that you can access support.  You can find out more about Early Help and our Early Help offer here.