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Free School Meals

Department for Education written question – answered on 6th September 2019.

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Photo of Steve McCabe Steve McCabe Labour, Birmingham, Selly Oak

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of extending the entitlement to pupil premium funding so that all children under a Special Guardianship Order are able to access Free School Meals.

Photo of Kemi Badenoch Kemi Badenoch The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

Children who have left care through a special guardianship order are eligible for pupil premium plus funding (for previously looked-after children) of £2,300. This is unrelated to eligibility for free school meals (FSMs).

To be eligible to receive FSMs, a pupil or their parent must be in receipt of any one of the following listed benefits and must make a claim to the school for FSMs:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act (1999)
  • The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit (WTC) and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • WTC run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for WTC
  • Universal Credit - if you applied on or after 1 April 2018, your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you receive).

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