Free School Meals

Department for Education written question – answered on 19th June 2018.

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Photo of Sharon Hodgson Sharon Hodgson Shadow Minister (Public Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will take steps to ensure that after the full roll-out of universal credit no child loses their entitlement to free school meals as a result of fluctuating earnings when their overall earnings are under £7,400 in a given year.

Photo of Nadhim Zahawi Nadhim Zahawi The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

We recognise that some households see their earnings fluctuate from month to month. To address this, we will ensure that a claimant’s earnings can be checked over a period lasting up to three months (where this data is available), rather than taking only the most recent month of earnings into consideration.

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