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Other available benefits

Can I claim free school meals for my child?

To be eligible to claim free school meals, your child must be attending a school within the East Riding boundary.

The parent/carer must be in receipt of one of the following:

  • Income support;  

  • Jobseeker's allowance (income based);    

  • Employment and support allowance (income based);

  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999;

  • Pension credit guarantee 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;

  • Working tax credit 'run-on' - the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for working tax credit;


If you meet the criteria and would like make an application please call (01482) 394799. You will be required to supply your national insurance number so please have it to hand.

Alternatively if you would prefer to apply online please complete our free school meals application form (opens in new window).

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Can I claim a clothing grant for my child?

To be eligible to claim a clothing grant, your child must be moving from primary to secondary school and both schools must be in the East Riding boundary and you must also be resident within the East Riding boundary.

The parent/carer must be in receipt of one of the following:

  • Income support

  • Job seekers allowance (income based)

  • Employment and support allowance (income related)

  • Pension credit guaranteed 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  

Also your annual income must be less than £16,190 and you cannot be in receipt of working tax credits.

If you meet the criteria and would like make an application please complete our online clothing grant application form (opens in new window).

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Am I eligible for any other benefits or financial help?

If you would like to check if you qualify for any other benefits the Department for Work and Pension (DWP) provide a benefit adviser service on their GOV.UK website.

The service provides the following services:

  • check which benefits you may be able to get

  • get an estimate of the benefits, tax credits or pension that may be available

  • compare estimates if your situation changes

  • save your answers for up to seven days

  • download/print results for reference.

If you would like to use the service please follow the link below:

GOV.UK Benefits Adviser (external website)

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Can I get any help paying my rent?

If you are struggling to pay your rent, we might be able to offer you a discretionary housing payment (DHP). This is a short-term payment from the council to help cover some housing costs.

The council has a limited sum of money available to assist housing benefit claimants who still have some rent to pay.  The council decides how DHPs are allocated and each case is decided on its own merits. There isn't a clear set of allocation rules but the council must be fair and reasonable when deciding.

Further information is available on our Discretionary Housing payment page.

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I am in financial difficulties, can you help in any other way?

East Riding of Yorkshire Council have a  Local Welfare Assistance Scheme. It aims to help people who are finding it difficult to meet from their regular income. It is made up of two distinct parts:

  • emergency loans
  • support grants.


Further information can be found on our Local Welfare Assistance page.

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