Free School Meals

How to apply

If you receive any of the benefits listed below,  you can:


Your child might be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:

  • 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 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit

Children, who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, may also get free school meals.

Working Tax Credit

If you are in receipt of any Working Tax Credit you will not be eligible to apply for Free School Meals

Unsure if you are eligible for free school meals?



Brighton & Hove City Council can undertake an online check for you in complete confidence – you will need to tell them your National Insurance Number or your National Asylum Seeker Number (NASS), your date of birth and your surname (as it appears on your benefit letter)

To contact BHCC directly, call the Free School Meals team on(01273) 293497.