Free/Universal School Meals

School Meals – Free School Meals – Tameside have sent new information and forms with regards to free school meals. Registering for Free School Meals could raise an extra £1,652 for school to fund valuable support like extra tuition, additional teaching staff or after school activities. This additional money is available from central government for every child whose parent is receiving one of the welfare benefits listed below.

  • Free School Meals

    Children are entitled to receive free school meals if they or their parents or guardians receive any of the benefits below.

    • Universal Credit, provided they have an annual net earned income not exceeding £7,400(£616.67 per month)
    • Income Support
    • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
    • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
    • Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
    • The guarantee element of Pension Credit
    • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by HMRC
    • Working Tax Credit run-out – paid 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit


    How do I apply for free school meals?

    Free School Meals can be claimed by Parents or Guardians of pupil’s who are on a low income. All claims will be processed by the Benefits Section at Tameside Council with the target date of 3 days.

    Telephone the Council’s call centre on 0161 342 8355 or complete the online application form at

    Any new e-claims for Housing and Council Tax benefit will now also include the option to apply for Free School Meals.

    In person at one of the Council’s Customer Service Offices.


Please note this entitlement is in addition to the actual meal offered under Universal Infant Free School Meals, which all Infants, regardless of income, are entitled to.  To qualify for the income based free school meal please check the link below.

Free school meals and pupil premium registration form at November 2014

Universal School Meals

From September 2014 every Child in Year Reception to Year 2 is entitled to a free school meal under the Universal Free School Meal Scheme.