Manchester City Council

Benefits & support Free school meals: information for schools

Qualifying benefits and credits

To qualify for free school meals the child's parent must get one of these benefits or credits:
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • the guaranteed part of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (CTC) as long as:
    - it doesn't include an amount for childcare
    - they are not also getting Working Tax Credit, and
    - their household income (worked out by HM Revenue & Customs) is no more than £16,190 a year. 
  • A Working Tax Credit 'run-on' payment for four weeks after stopping work, or reducing working hours to under 16 hours a week
  • Universal Credit.

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