Free School Meals 2016-17
Free School Meals can be awarded to
students who attend a state maintained College on a full time basis.
In order to be
eligible parent(s) / Carer(s) should be in receipt of one of the following:
- Equal Based Jobseeker’s
Allowance / Employment and Support Allowance
- Income based Jobseeker’s Allowance (IBJSA)
- Income related Employment and Support Allowance (IRESA)
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The guarantee element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working
Tax Credit and have an annual income ( as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs)
that does not exceed £16,190
N.B. If you receive WORKING TAX
CREDIT you do not qualify even if you receive child tax credit and your income
is below £16,190
- Working Tax Credit ‘run-on’ – the payment someone may receive
for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit.
Students who receive Income Support in their own right may
also be eligible to receive free meals.
Please Note: If the
household you live in is in receipt of Working Tax Credits you will NOT be
entitled to Free School Meals. NOT all applicants eligible for the Bursary Fund
will be eligible for Free School Meals.
How can I apply for Free School Meals?
Apply via this Free School Meals Eligibility form link
(hard copies are
available from the Attendance Office). You will also need to provide an up
to date Proof of Benefit letter from the Benefit Agency. You can contact them
on 0345 608 8545.(The letter should be
dated no earlier than 15th August 2016)
will ONLY receive Free School Meals once the application form and Proof of
Benefit letter has been submitted to the Attendance Office.
How can I appeal if my Free School
Meals application is turned down?
application is unsuccessful there is an appeals process and you will receive an
email with guidance on how to appeal.