If you are the parent, foster parent, network family carer or guardian of children at school and you are on a low income, you could get Free School Meals.
Your children are entitled to Free School Meals if you receive:
- Income support, or
- Job Seeker's Allowance (income based), or
- State Pension Credit (Guarantee Credit), or
- Employment and Support Allowance (income related), or
- Child Tax Credit, as long as you do not receive Working Tax Credit and you have an annual taxable income as assessed by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs which does not exceed £16,190.00.
You can also get Free School Meals if you are entitled to a Working Tax Credit Run On for four weeks after stopping work or reducing working hours to under 16 hours per week.
Children who receive Income Support or Income Based Job Seeker's Allowance in their own right are also entitled to receive Free School Meals, if they are still at school.
Children of any age attending nurseries attached to a Local Education Authority maintained school can also have Free School Meals if they do both morning and afternoon sessions in a day. Provision at Early Years Centres is handled by Education Leeds.
If you already receive Housing Benefit and / or Council Tax Support contact us if you want to claim a free school meal for your child and we will notify your childs school if you are entitled. Alternatively you could enquire at your childs school.
If you do not receive Housing Benefit and / or Council Tax Support you can download a Benefit Claim Form from the download area at the bottom of the page, or pick one up from your nearest One Stop Centre. The Benefit Claim Form can also be used to claim Housing Benefit, Council Tax Support.. There is also a New claim information booklet to download which provides details about the benefit claim process and what information we need from you.
If you would like a form sent to you, please see contact us at the top of the page . You should send your completed form to Leeds Benefits Service, Selectapost 15, 2 Great George Street, Leeds LS2 8BA or you can hand it in at any One Stop Centre or local housing office. See the contact us section at the top of this page to find your nearest One Stop Centre
Asylum seekers - You may be entitled to Free School Meals if you are an asylum seeker living in Leeds. Leeds Revenues and Benefits Service will notify your school of your entitlement - you do not need to fill in a form. If you are not receiving these and think you should be please ask at your child’s school.