Free School Meals
Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:
The qualifying benefits are:
•Income Support (IS)
•Income-based Jobseekers Allowance (IBJSA)
•Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
•Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
•Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual Income, as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), that does not exceed £16,190
•The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
•Working Tax Credit run-on-paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
Apply for free school meals
If you meet the criteria you can apply
Please click on this link to register online with Brent Council
The application form is only for a child or young person who attends a school or nursery in the London borough of Brent.
We will ask for proof of Child Benefit to be provided if this is your first application for free school meals. Eligibility for free school meals will not be backdated, so ensure you apply as soon as possible.
Please note that providing us with an email address or mobile number (or both) will help to ensure we can regularly inform and update you on the progress of your application.
Working Tax Credit exception
If you receive Working Tax Credit your children may be entitled to free school meals:
•for no longer than four weeks from the date you became unemployed (or reduced your working hours to less than 16 per week) and started receiving Working Tax Credit.
In this case you will need to provide evidence of your benefit. You need to make sure this information shows the date you became unemployed, or the date you reduced your hours, because free school meals are only available to parents on Working Tax Credit run-on-paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit.
If you have been unemployed and receiving Working Tax Credit for longer than four weeks, then your children are not entitled to free school meals.
If your Working Tax Credit stops and you begin receiving a different benefit that is one of the qualifying criteria listed above, you will continue to be eligible after the four-week period.
If you increase your hours or begin working and continue to receive Working Tax Credit your free school meal entitlement will stop.