What are Free School Meals?
They are school dinners for children between the ages of 4 and 16 who attend full time school (but not private schools). They may also be awarded to some children outside this age range who attend full time school or nursery.
Do I qualify?
To qualify, you or your partner must be getting one of the following:
– Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
– Income Related Employment Support Allowance
– Income Support
– Universal Credit
– Child Tax Credit only with an annual income of less then £16,190
– Pension Credit – Guarantee Credit
– Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
How do I apply?
If you or your partner would like to make a claim this can be done by:
Telephoning 01204 331590
By visiting the One Stop Shop at Bolton Town Hall, calling into any Council Office or making a claim online. http://www.bolton.gov.uk/website/pages/Freeschoolmealsandschoolclothingallowance.aspx
You do not need to make a separate claim if you are already getting or have applied for Housing Benefit / Council Tax Benefit or School Clothing Allowance. The Council will use the information and evidence you have already provided to confirm your entitlement.
What evidence is required?
You need to provide an up to date document showing that you are getting one of the above qualifying benefits.
If you do not have any proof or require further information, please contact The Council for advice on 01204 331590 or visit their website www.bolton.gov.uk