Free School Meals

If you are a parent or carer in receipt of any of the benefits listed below then your child is likely to be eligible for Free School Meals.  Please apply if you get any of the qualifying benefits:


  • Income Support
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance (JSA – IB)
  • Guarantee Pension Credit
  • Income Related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA Income Related)
  • Child Tax Credit – but not Working Tax Credit – and your income for Tax Credit purposes must be less than £16,190.00 (details are shown on your Tax Credit award notice)
  • Working Tax Credit Run-on
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Universal Credit and your net earned family income is less than £7,400.


Applications can be made via Gateshead Council Free School Meals Team or by downloading this application form

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