Free School Meals

Free School Meals are a benefit awarded in respect of statutory school-age children in full time education where the parent or guardian is in receipt of one of the benefits shown below:

  • Income Support (with responsibility for children)
  • Income Based Jobseekers Allowance (IB JSA - with responsibility for children)
  • Support under part V1 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income, as assessed by the Inland Revenue that does not exceed¬†¬£16,190 from April 2010
  • The Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
  • Employment Support Allowance (ESA(IR))

Please note: Children in receipt of Income Support and Income Based Jobseekers Allowance (IBJSA) in their own right are also entitled to free school meals.

From 5 December 2005, the Civil Partnership Act came into force, giving legal recognition to same sex couples. For Free School Meals eligibility purposes, this means that same sex couples who live together and who are claiming the above listed income-related benefits can claim free school meals for their dependant children.

By Law no other category of support payment or combination of Tax Credits qualify for free school meals. Similarly, there are no other circumstances that can legally justify the provision of a free meal.

Proof of income is not required at this time.

Money received each week through Working Tax Credit benefit includes an amount for Free School Meals. This means that you do not qualify for a free meal if you receive it.

Any queries in relation to free school meals please contact Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council, Student Pupil Support Section on 01639 763580/763730.

Application Forms
An application form for free school meals can be downloaded from the Pupil Support section of the Neath Port Talbot web site.

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