Free school meals
Free school meals are available to children whose parents or guardians can prove that they are currently receiving one of the following:
- Income Support (IS)
- Income based Job Seeker’s Allowance (IBJSA)
- Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit, and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190
- The Guarantee element of the State Pension Credit
Income related employment and support allowance
Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Working Tax Credit during the four-week period immediately after their employment finishes or after they start to work less than 16 hours per week
- Universal Credit **
Children who receive IS or IBJSA in their own right are also entitled to receive free school meals.
**Universal Credit - during the Universal Credit pathfinder, which started on 29 April 2013, children of families in receipt of Universal Credit will be entitled to FSM (when all families are moved to Universal credit the criteria will change, this is yet to be determined by the DfE).
- have a child who is attending a Lambeth school regardless of where they live
- apply for free schools meals every twelve months.
How to apply
Parents should contact their child's school directly, even if it is outside the Borough, for details of how to apply and for an application form.
You can find out about school meals and Lambeth's food and health policy on the school meals pages.