Manchester City Council

Councillor Sheila Newman

Our sympathies are with the family and friends of Councillor Sheila Newman, Executive Member for Children’s Services and current Lady Mayoress of Manchester, who passed away on 18 February.

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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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