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Free School meals - Apply for free school meals

You must apply for a Free School Meal even if you receive a Universal Free School Meal for your child as this will affect your possible entitlement to a School Essentials Grant

Please view the eligibility criteria before making your application below:

Free school meals are available to children whose parents or guardians are currently receiving one of the following benefits:

  • Child Tax Credit – where total annual income is also less than £16,190
  • Income Support (with responsibility for children)
  • Income Based Job Seekers' Allowance (with responsibility for children)
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Guarantee element of state Pension Credit
  • Pupils who receive Income Support or income-based Job Seekers' Allowance in their own right are also eligible to receive free school meals
  • Employment Support Allowance (Income Related) (ESA(IR)). 
  • Universal Credit (if working, annualised net earnings must be £7,400 or lower)
  • Working Tax Credit ‘run-on’ - the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

Young people who receive Income Support or income-based Job Seekers' Allowance in their own right are also entitled to receive free school meals.

Am I eligible if I'm claiming Working Tax Credits (with income less than £16,190)?

No, but if your circumstances change and you are no longer eligible for WTC, you must inform Her Majesties Revenue and Customs and free school meals may start depending on your individual circumstances.

Applying for free school meals

If you think you may be entitled to a free school meal for your child, please complete an online application below. A paper based version is available but it is much easier online as you don’t need to provide lots of evidence.

Apply for free school meals

Once you are entitled to a free school meal you could automatically qualify for a School Essentials Grant and/ or an allowance which is administered by secondary schools.

If eligible families don’t apply for a free school meal through the Council  it will affect the amount of funding that individual schools receive from Welsh Government, which will mean the school has less money than it is entitled to in order to provide education and support to your children.

You can make your application for a School Essentials Grant online or request an application form directly from your school. Contact details for all our schools are available using our Find a School search facility.

Change of circumstances

If you are claiming free school meals and there is a change in your circumstances that may affect your entitlement, please report the change to