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Free school meals

Parents who receive certain benefits are eligible to apply for free school meals for their child.


If you live in Middlesbrough and receive any of the following support payments, you're eligible to apply for free school meals for your child.

  1. Income Support
  2. Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  3. Income-related Employment and Support Allowance 
  4. Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  5. The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  6. Child Tax Credit (provided you're not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190 as assessed by HM Revenues and Customs)
  7. Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  8. Universal Credit

How to claim free school meals

What happens next

Once your claim has been assessed, a letter will be sent to inform you of the outcome. If you qualify, we'll notify your child's school.

Change in circumstances

It's your responsibility to contact the free school meals office if your circumstances change, for example, if you no longer receive one of the qualifying benefits, you have moved house, or your child moves to a different school.

Contact us
Free School Meals
PO Box 98
Middlesbrough House

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