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Free School meals

If you are the parent, foster parent, network family carer or guardian of children at school and you are on a low income, you could get Free School Meals. Young people who are still at school but receive Income Support in their own right can also receive Free School Meals.

You are entitled to free school meals if you receive any of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income Related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit with an annual income of less than £16,190, provided they are not receiving Working Tax Credit
  • The ‘Guaranteed’ element of the State Pension Credit
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

Please note: People receiving Working Tax Credit, regardless of their income level, do not qualify unless you are receiving Working Tax Credit Run-on. This is paid for 4 weeks after your employment ends or your hours reduce to under 16 hours per week.

To find out if you are eligible, call Leeds Revenues and Benefits Service on 0113 222 4404 (option 1)

To claim Free School Meals

If you live in Leeds and you already receive Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Support:
Contact Leeds City Council on 0113 222 4404 (option 1) if you want to claim a free school meal for your child and they will notify us if you are entitled.

If you live in Leeds and you do not already receive Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Support:
You will need to complete a Benefits Claim Form . Please also refer to the information booklet.

If you live with relatives or friends in Leeds and so do not have any direct housing costs:
You will need to complete a Benefits Claim Form.

If you live outside Leeds (if you pay your council tax to a different local authority other than Leeds City Council, but one or more of your children attend a school in Leeds
You need to use the Free School Meals Only claim form for Non-Leeds residents. When completing the form only list those children who attend schools within Leeds.

If you live in Leeds but your child attends a school outside Leeds
You must apply to the local authority where their school is located.

Foster Parents and Family Network Carers
You will need to complete the Foster Parents claim form.

Where do I send my form?
You should send your signed and completed form to Welfare and Benefits, PO Box 60, 2 Great George Street, Leeds LS2 8JR, or you can hand it in at any One Stop Centre or local housing office.

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