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Free School Meals

Is your child entitled to free school meals?

If you get any of the following support payments your child may be entitled to receive free school meals:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit

Children who get any of the above benefits in their own right (ie they get benefits payments directly, instead of through a parent or carer) can also get free school meals.

Children under the compulsory school age who are in full time education may also be entitled to receive free school meals.

If you think you are eligible you should contact your local Council. The Council to whom you pay your Council Tax is the Council that will deal with your free school meal enquiry. At the end of this document is a list of the neighbouring authorities and their contact details for enquiries related to free school meals.

What happens once it is confirmed that my child is eligible for free school meals?

·        You will receive notification from your Local Council that your child is eligible.

·        Sale Grammar School will also receive notification that your child is eligible.

·        The current free school meals allowance is £2.15 (updated April 2017).

·        The sum of £2.15 will be placed into your child’s ParentPay account on a daily basis.

·        Your child will present themselves at the till in the School Canteen as any other student would to pay for their food.

·        As it is possible that your child will spend over their £2.15 free school meal allowance, we strongly advise that you make a payment into your child’s ParentPay account (minimum £10.00), to account for any overspend.

·        At the end of each day, if any of the £2.15 free school meal allowance has not been spent the remainder of that allowance will be removed from the ParentPay account, your child is not entitled to carryover any underspend to the following day.

For further information about Parent Pay please click here.

LOCAL AUTHORITY CONTACT DETAILS

Trafford Council

Free School Meals Team
Access Trafford
Sale Waterside
Sale
M33 7ZF

Tel: 0161 912 3265
Email: freeschoolmeals@trafford.gov.uk
You can find more information on their website by clicking here.

Manchester City Council

The Benefits Service
Manchester City Council
PO Box 3
Manchester
M15 5BA

Tel: 0161 234 5003
Fax: 0161 455 1130
Email: benefit.enquiries@manchester.gov.uk
You can find more information on their website by clicking here.

Bury Council

Free School Meals Team
7 Whittaker Street
Radcliffe
Manchester
M26 2TD

Tel: 0161 253 5858
Email: freeschoolmeals@bury.gov.uk
You can find more information on their website by clicking here.

Salford City Council

Tel: 0161 909 6508
You can find more information on their website by clicking here.

Stockport MBC

Tel: 0161 217 6015
Email: benefitsfsm@stockport.gov.uk
You can find more information on their website by clicking here.

Tameside MBC

Benefits Team
Tameside MBC
Council Offices
PO Box 304
Ashton-under-Lyne
Tameside
OL6 0GA

Tel: 0161 342 3708
Fax: 0161 342 2676
You can find more information on their website by clicking here.

Warrington Borough Council

Families and Wellbeing Directorate
2nd Floor
New Town House
Buttermarket Street
Warrington
WA1 2NH

Tel: 01925 446226
You can find more information on their website by clicking here.

Updated 1st August 2017