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Benefits & Support Apply for free school meals

You can apply for a child that lives with you and you are responsible for - for example if you get the child benefit or child tax credit for them.

The child must live in Manchester and go to a school in Greater Manchester. If you live somewhere else apply to your own council.

We'll ask you about any benefits you, or your partner claim. You'll need your National Insurance number too, so have it ready before you start.

If you are making a claim for Council Tax Support or Housing Benefit don't apply here. We'll check if you get free school meals when you make that claim. If you already claim them but now have a child at school tell us about a change in your circumstances, to get free school meals.

All reception, Year 1 and Year 2 pupils can get a free meal at lunchtime, but if you apply anyway, their school could get a 'pupil premium' payment of up to £1,300 to spend on your child's education.

Children over 16, whose college or sixth-form is not part of a school cannot claim free school meals from us. But they can apply direct to their college.

Read what you should do if you are an asylum seeker.

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