Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM)
Universal infant free school meals provides funding for all government funded schools to offer free school meals to pupils in reception, year 1, and year 2.
You do not need to apply for free school meals if your child meets the above criteria. However, if you are on a low income you should still apply so that your child’s school can claim the Pupil Premium Funding. This is extra money paid direct to schools for each child who is eligible for free school meals, due to the household being on a low income. It is used to support your child’s education.
Do you think your child may be entitled to free school meals?
Parents and carers can now apply for free school meals online via the Citizen Portal
Your eligibility will be checked online, and the portal will let you know whether your child is eligible for free school meals and the school will be notified.
This is not the same as the Universal Free School Meals provided by the Government for Children in Reception, Year 1 & Year 2.
Did you know that for every child that is in receipt of Free School Meals, the school will receive Pupil Premium Funding.
This can be used to support your child’s education by funding valuable support like extra tuition or additional teaching staff.
Under current rules, your child might be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:
- Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods, and your monthly average income over three assessment periods should be no more than £616.67)
- 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’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 four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit