Free School Meals and Uniforms
If you want to information about help with school clothing, contact the Portland Centre and we will help you with free, independent advice.
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 receive a qualifying benefit in their own right are also allowed to receive 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 your child is entitled to free school meals, you’ll usually need to fill in an application form supplied by your local council, which you must give your completed application to your child’s school and make sure you can show documentary proof of any support you are receiving.
At the Portland Centre we will help you by:
- Assisting you to complete the form
- Helping you understand and access the correct documentation
All Benefits come with a number of 'conditions of eligibility'. To get independent help, information and advice, pop into the Portland Centre and we will be happy to run through all the conditions to make sure you never loose out through not knowing.
If you need help with making sure you get everything you are entitled to, just call us on 01305 824333 or email us using our contact form or pop in to see a Portland Centre Staff member, to receive immediate assistance.