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Free School Meals

Meals and Uniform Grants are subject to Department of Education Criteria and Education and Library Board Approval.

Application forms are now available from your local Education and Library Board.  Completed forms with full verification received will be given priority in date order received.

A pupil shall be entitled to Free School Meals if:


  • the parent/guardian is in receipt of Income Support, Income-Based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance, or if a pupil claims Income Support in their own name; or,

  • the parents receive the Child Tax Credit; and are ineligible for the Working Tax Credit; and have an annual taxable income of £16,190 or less; or,

  • the parents receive Working Tax Credit; and have an annual taxable income of £16,190 or less and whose child/children are born on or after 2 July 2002 and attends full-time nursery school, primary school or special school; or

  • he/she has a statement of special educational needs and is designated to require a special diet; or

  • he/she is a boarder at a special school; or,

  • he/she is the child of an asylum seeker supported by the Home Office National Asylum Support Service (NASS)

  • the parent receives the Guarantee element of State Pension Credit




Free School Meals
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