Free School Meal Applications

The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in a number of changes for all of us; especially to our family life, our employment status and our benefit entitlement. If your circumstances have changed in recent weeks, you might be eligible to receive Free School Meals for your child.  We are currently, in partnership with the Government, issuing vouchers for families who are entitled to Free School Meals. These vouchers can be used in a number of local supermarkets and are helping parents and carers to buy food otherwise provided by school. We know that our children have big appetites and this support is helping lots of parents and carers to keep their children fed. If you think you might be eligible, please see below and click on the following link: Applications can be made online to Derbyshire County Council at this web address.

Free School Meal Entitlement

All children aged 3 to 18 at Derbyshire nurseries or schools can get a free meal if they qualify.
Qualifying criteria:
  • Universal Credit, provided they have an annual net earned income not exceeding £7,400 (£616.67 per month)
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guarantee element of State 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) as assessed by HMRC
  • Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
Universal Credit has begun to be rolled out in Derbyshire and will affect all areas of Derbyshire by the end of 2022.
Most families will not be affected by the new criteria. Families who are currently claiming free school meals, but fail to meet the new criteria, will continue to receive free school meals until the end of the Universal Credit rollout period, even if they continue to appear as no longer eligible on future reports. The rollout period is currently scheduled to end in March 2022.
Once Universal Credit is fully rolled out, pupils will keep their free school meal entitlement until the end of their current phase of education, that is, primary or secondary.
Read more about free school meals guidance for schools and local authorities.
Young people age 16 to 18 who receive the benefits or tax credits in their own right are also entitled to receive free school meals.
Even if you meet any or all of the criteria, families will not be eligible if they are claiming Working Tax Credit.