Is you child entitled to free school meals/School Uniform Clothing Allowance?

With the weans heading back to school in several weeks, it’s time to think about getting uniforms if you haven’t started already.

Also the decisions as to what they will do for lunch. A cooked school meal or packed lunch?

But did you know you may be entitled to help with these cost from the education authority.

Who is eligible?

Parent(s)/Guardian(s) can apply:

If your son or daughter is in full-time education and if you are in receipt of one of the following benefits:-

Income Support;

Income-Based Jobseeker’s Allowance;

Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance;

Guarantee Element of State Pension Credit;

Child Tax Credit or Working Tax

Credit with an annual taxable income of £16,190 or less;

Universal credit and have net household earnings not exceeding £14,000 per year.


if you are an Asylum Seeker supported by the Home Office Asylum Support Assessment Team (ASAT);


if your child has a statement of special educational needs and is designated to require a special diet.

Student(s) can apply:

If the course you are studying is a full-time course and you are receiving benefit in your own name.

(Source: Education Authority Website)


Education Authority


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