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Please return your completed WB1 form along with proof of benefit to the address below.

Free School Meals Service
Cumbria Advice and Support Team
Local Welfare Assistance
The Courts, Kraemer Building
Carlisle CA3 8NA

Tel: 01228 226105 / 221548

Free school meals

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Free school meals are available for your child(ren) if you are receiving one of the following qualifying benefits:

  • Income Support (IS);
  • Income Based Jobseekers Allowance (IBJSA);
  • An income-related Employment and Support Allowance;
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999;
  • Child Tax Credit, provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs) that as of April 2012 does not exceed Ł16,190. Note: From 1st May 2009 where you are entitled to Working Tax Credit during the four-week period immediately after your employment ceases, or after you start to work less than 16 hours per week, your children are entitled to Free School Meals, this may be extended.
  • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit;

PLEASE NOTE: IF YOU ARE IN RECEIPT OF WORKING TAX CREDIT YOU WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE FOR FREE SCHOOL MEALS OR CLOTHING GRANT.

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.

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.

Free School Meals and Clothing Grants Information

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11/06/2014 717k