We strongly encourage eligible parents/carers to apply for Free School Meals. No one will know who has registered and it will not affect any other benefits being claimed. You can register your son/daughter for Free School Meals if you get any of these benefits:
Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
Child Tax Credit, provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit** and have an annual income that does not exceed £16,190
Working Tax Credit 'run-on' - the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
Note: From 1st May 2009, pupils are eligible for Free School Meals for a four week period immediately after the parent/carer becomes unemployed, or reduces their hours to less than 16 hours a week, but is still in receipt of Working Tax Credit.
Pupils can also register for free school meals if they get any of these benefits themselves.
To register for Free School Meals you must access the Worcestershire Children First Citizen Portal via this link: Citizen Portal
If you do not currently have a Citizen Portal account, please follow the on-screen instructions to register an account. Once you are logged in, you will be able to see the eligibility criteria and enter your details where applicable.
For anyone who is currently eligible and receives free school meals, you will need to reapply for Free School Meals for your child(ren). Please note that this will not affect current arrangements - all eligible families are protected until at least July 2023.
Further information is available via this link: Applying For Free school Meals