Your children could get free lunches and sometimes milk at school if you are receiving one of the benefits below.
You can apply for free school meals if you or your child receive any of the following:
Eligibility for free school meals in Scotland is similar to that in England except that, in addition, families can claim for children if they receive Working Tax Credit and their income is under £6,420 (in 2017-18, as assessed by HMRC). If you live in one of the most deprived communities in Scotland then your council may provide free meals to all children in primary classes P1 to P3.
Free school meals are administered by local authorities or in Northern Ireland the local education and library boards. To make a claim contact your local authority (you can find contact details via the gov.uk website) or get more info and a form from your local education and library board.
Healthy Start is administered by the Department of Health. To check that you qualify and to make a claim go to the Healthy Start website.
If you qualify for Healthy Start through Child Tax Credit, you’ll automatically get an application form in the post.
With Healthy Start you can get:
If you're on certain benefits, or you get Child Tax Credit and are on a low income, you could qualify. You'll need to be at least 10 weeks pregnant, or have a child under four.
If you are pregnant and under the age of 18, you will automatically qualify whether or not you get other benefits or Child Tax Credit.
You won't qualify if you get Working Tax Credit, unless it's just the four week extension of your payments - often called a 'run-on'. You may get a run-on after you stopped qualifying for Working Tax Credit - for example if you’ve stopped work or reduced your hours.
You don't have to get Child Benefit to qualify for Healthy Start.