Free School Meals

Department for Education written question – answered on 14th July 2017.

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Photo of Jess Phillips Jess Phillips Labour, Birmingham, Yardley

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what criteria the Government will use to determine eligibility for free school meals after the roll-out of universal credit.

Photo of Robert Goodwill Robert Goodwill Minister of State (Education)

My Department is working closely with DWP, other government departments and other interested parties to establish new criteria for determining entitlement to benefits-related free school meals (FSM) as the roll-out of universal credit (UC) progresses. No decision has been taken yet; our proposals on this matter will be announced in due course.

As an interim measure, all pupils whose parents are in receipt of UC are currently entitled to FSM.

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