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Changed circumstances - free school meals

If your circumstances have changed, you may be entitled to free school meals.  Please find a link to Knowsley Council below for further information.


Knowsley - school meals


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Find out if your child is eligible for free school meals.


Free school meals

School meals are free for your child or children if you receive:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • An income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit and have an annual income of £16,190 or less (but not if you are in work and receive Working Tax Credit)
  • The guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Universal Credit, provided you have an annual net earned income not exceeding £7,400 (£616.67 a month)


How to apply

If you submit a claim for Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction and you are in receipt of one of the qualifying incomes listed above, we will automatically assess your entitlement to Free School Meals (FSM). This is completed at the point that we assess your entitlement to Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Reduction. There is no need for you to apply separately for FSM.
If you don’t have a new claim to submit, or if you haven’t recently submitted a claim, you can apply by completing the application form below.


Universal Credit

If you are in receipt of Universal Credit and have an annual net earned income not exceeding £7,400, you should complete the application form below.

If you have recently applied for Universal Credit due to a change in your circumstances brought about by the coronavirus pandemic, there will possibly be a delay in confirming your eligibility for free school meals while your application is being processed by the Department for Work and Pensions.

Note: If you are over 18 and still attend school, you can claim for free school meals if you receive any of the first three allowances listed above.


How to apply

Log on to the Knowsley website using the link above in order to complete the online application form.