Financial Support: Free School Meals and Benefits

Free School Meals – The Advantages to Your Family and The School.

Did you know… just registering your child for Free School Meals means that the school gets extra money?

Since the introduction of Universal Free School Meals, many children are missing out because eligible families are not registering – Don’t let your child miss out. Even if your child is in Foundation Stage, Year 1 or Year 2, it is important to register. You only have to do this once and the school will be allocated Pupil Premium funding to provide additional opportunities for your child for the next 6 years.

You can register online, confidentially, here:

Free School Meal Application Form


We know that you may get the meals free anyway but in this time of squeezed school budgets this is a vital way for parents to secure more support for their children. So don't miss out, don't let your child miss out, register now!

How does it work?

1. First, you can check if you qualify – it is not just if you are unemployed, so please look at the list below.

2. Registering is really quick and easy – if you think you qualify, please apply online or contact Mrs Tee who is happy to help or provide you with a paper copy of the form.

3. If you want your child to have a free, healthy meal at lunchtime that’s great – they will get the free meal (saving you more than £400 a year and gaining the school an extra £1,320).

4. If you don’t want your child to have the school meals they don’t have to; they can continue as normal – as long as you qualify and are registered, the school still gets £1,320 extra.

You can claim anonymously and this benefit does not affect any other support you may be receiving.

You must receive one of these benefits to qualify:

· Income Support

· Income Based Jobseekers Allowance

· Child Tax Credit (not including Working Tax Credit) - if the household income is below £16,190

· Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit

· an income-related Employment and Support Allowance

· support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 if you are an asylum seeker


Information  for parents and carers with children and young people with additional needs/disabilities in Ashford, Shepway and Dover


Benefits Calculator – By entering your details, find out what benefits you may be entitled to:

Benefits Calculator

 Disability Living allowance- You may be entitled to DLA for your child under 16, which is a regular allowance to help with extra costs if your child requires more care than a child without additional needs. Find out more information on the legibility and how to apply by clicking on the link below:

DLA Application and Information

Personal independence payments- A regular payment to support young people and adults age 16+ .To find out more on eligibility and how to apply, click on the link below:

Personal Independence Payments Carer’s allowance- If you provide care for at least 35 hours per week, you may be entitled to receive a carer’s allowance in respect of the additional care needs of a child/young person with additional needs. For information about the criteria and how to claim See link below: Child and working Tax credits- If you claim child or working tax credits, you may be entitled to claim a disability element which will be added on top of your normal payment. See link below for more details.

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