Free School Meals Service
Cumbria Advice and Support Team
Local Welfare Assistance
The Courts, Kraemer Building
Carlisle CA3 8NA
Tel: 01228 226105 / 221548
Please note: If you are in receipt of working tax credits you may not be eligible for free school meals or clothing grants.
Children who receive Income Support or Income Based Jobseekers Allowance in their own right are also entitled to receive Free School Meals.
Children who receive “education suitable for children who have not attained compulsory school age” will still need to satisfy the additional requirement of “receiving education both before and after the lunch period”, before being eligible to receive free school meals.
If you receive one of these benefits, you should complete Form WB1 (below) to apply for free school meals and school clothing vouchers.
Your eligibility will be checked electronically, however if we are unable to confirm your eligibility you will be asked to provide recent proof of the qualifying benefit you are receiving together with proof of Child Benefit. Documents and letters older than 3 months are not acceptable nor are photocopies or signing on cards. Original documents will be returned to you.
In primary schools, entitled pupils receive whatever is on the menu that day. A cafeteria system operates in secondary schools and pupils are given a token to make their own selection.