From 1 April 2018, the Government are introducing new regulations for people claiming free school meals who receive universal credit.
The changes mean that if your net annual earnings are more than £7,400 you will not be eligible to receive free school meals.
Any pupil eligible for free school meals before 1 April 2018 when the earned income threshold is introduced will retain their eligibility until then end of universal credit roll-out which is March 2022.
If you receive Universal Credit and are not already claiming free school meals for your child(ren), or you have not applied as your child(ren) are currently in Key Stage 1 (universal free school meals), make sure you don’t miss out and apply now:
Apply for free school meals
Your child(ren) will be entitled to free school meals if you as the parent are in receipt of any of the following benefits:
Entitlement to free school meals is kept as confidential as possible. Many schools now have systems in place such as swipe cards or fingerprint identification systems, which do not identify to other pupils the fact that a child is receiving a free school meal.
The free school meal will remain in place for as long as your child continues to attend an East Riding of Yorkshire school and you continue to be entitled to one of the above qualifying benefits.
Remember - you must contact East Riding of Yorkshire Council's benefit section if your circumstances change and you are no longer in receipt of one of the listed benefits.
There are several methods of applying for free school meals which are shown below:
If you meet the criteria and would like make an application please complete our online form:
Free school meals application form
You can also telephone the East Riding of Yorkshire Council's Benefits section on (01482) 394799.
They will need the following information:
The benefits section will make automated checks to confirm your entitlement and tell you immediately if you qualify.
You can visit any East Riding of Yorkshire customer service centre for an application form.
Send the completed form to the benefits section at the following address:
East Riding of Yorkshire CouncilBenefits SectionPO Box 12County HallBeverleyHU17 9BA
Children can receive free school meals if they are under 19 years old, in full-time education and attending a school with a sixth form.
If we are able to confirm your award, applications are usually processed the same day. If your child(ren) is entitled to free school meals you will receive a letter confirming the date when the meals will start.
If you receive universal credit, we will not be able to advise you if you are eligible until your universal credit claim has been processed.
If you are struggling financially or would like further information on benefits, then please contact our Welfare Visiting team:
Tel: (01482) 394633
Yes, the school is notified using our system, you will receive written notification with a start date. Should your circumstances change, meaning that your child is no longer eligible, you will be sent a letter with an end date and the school will be notified automatically.
All East Riding of Yorkshire schools, which follow the current menu cycle produced by the East Riding school meals team, provide meals that meet the government's food standards. Therefore your child will receive a healthy nutritional free meal at school.
Children do not receive cash; the school will provide a free school meal. The allocation is a fixed amount to align with the "meal deal" in secondary schools and the two course school lunch in primary schools.
No. Free school meals are awarded from the date a claim is made, once eligibility is checked and verified.
No. Free school meals eligibility will be ended from the date that you inform benefits that your circumstances have changed. It is not backdated, however, you do have a legal duty to inform benefits as soon as your circumstances change.