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Free School Meals

If you receive one of the benefits that entitle your child to free school meals, you can also register your eligibility with the council so that you can save money and the school can benefit from additional funding, called pupil premium.The pupil premium gives schools extra funding to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils. This is measured by the number of children eligible for free school meals based on the above qualifying benefits. It is worth over £1000 per pupil for the school your child attends. A simple confidential phone call will tell you whether you are eligible. Contact Lancashire County Council on: 01772 531 809 or visit


You could be entitled if you are in receipt of any of the benefits below:

Income Support (IS)
Income Related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA-IR)
Income Based Jobseeker’s Allowance (IB-JSA)
Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
Child Tax Credit and are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and your annual income, as assessed by the Inland Revenue, does not exceed £16,190
Working Tax Credit ‘run on’- the payment you receive for a further four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit