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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

New national Covid tiers have been announced

From 2 December, Leicestershire moves into Tier 3 – we're working through what this means for our services and we’ll update our website when we can. In the meantime please check back for updates, and find out more about the new restrictions at gov.uk/coronavirus

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Free School Meals

Information on who can get free school meals and how to apply.

Free School Meal (FSM) vouchers

For information on summer free school meal vouchers, please visit Summer Food Fund guidance on the GOV.UK website.

Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

Children who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals.

Your child may also get free school meals if you get any of these benefits and your child is both:

If your child is eligible for free school meals, they’ll remain eligible until they finish the phase of schooling (primary or secondary) they’re in on 31 March 2022.

Infant free school meals in England

Your child will be able to get free school meals if they’re in a government-funded school and in:

  • reception class
  • year 1
  • year 2
 

Tell us if you also get any of the qualifying benefits.  Your child’s school can get extra funding if you do.

Apply for free school meals

You can apply for free school meals by phoning 0116 305 5417 and asking to speak to someone about Free School Meals or fill in the application form below.

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Send your completed form to the address shown at the end of the form.

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