Free School Meals and School Clothing Grants

At the end of the summer term 2016 a new and improved online application process for Free School Meals and Clothing Grants was launched by Cumbria County Council.

The online application process is now held within the Citizen’s portal where parents and carers can complete the school admissions process.

By using the new online process parents/carers are:

  • Able to check eligibility without waiting for a phone call/email from the Service Centre

Parents/carers can apply online but please review the eligibility criteria before submitting an online application:

Free school meals and clothing vouchers are available if parents/carers are receiving one of the following qualifying benefits:

  • Income Support (IS);
  • Income Based Jobseekers Allowance (IBJSA);
  • An income-related Employment and Support Allowance;
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999;
  • Child Tax Credit, provided parents/guardians are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs) that as of April 2012 does not exceed £16,190. Note: From 1st May 2009 where recipients are entitled to Working Tax Credit during the four-week period immediately after employment ceases, or after start to work less than 16 hours per week, your children are entitled to Free School Meals, this may be extended.
  • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit;
  • Universal Credit
  • Children who receive Income Support or Income Based Jobseekers Allowance in their own right are also entitled to receive Free School Meals.
  • Children who receive "education suitable for children who have not attained compulsory school age" will still need to satisfy the additional requirement of "receiving education both before and after the lunch period", before being eligible to receive free school meals.

For further information regarding Free School Meals visit the Cumbria County Council website. 

To visit the Cumbria County Council website click here

To contact Cumbria County Council regarding free school meals call 01228 226105 or 01228 221548

Free School Meals Service 
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