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Free school meals

You can apply for free school meals if your child attends a Hull school or sixth form on a full time basis (this includes Hull College 14-16 direct entry, academies and free schools) and you are in receipt of one of the following benefits -

  • income support
  • income based jobseekers allowance
  • income related employment and support allowance (ESA – IR)
  • universal credit
  • asylum seekers (receiving support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999)
  • the guaranteed element of state pension credit
  • child tax credit (with an annual income of no more than £16,190 as assessed by the Inland Revenue)
  • working tax credit run on - paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for working tax credit

You can also claim if you are a child over 16 years of age and are receiving a qualifying benefit.

If your child is attending an East Riding school, you should apply to the East Riding of Yorkshire Council for free school meals.

Visit the East Riding of Yorkshire Council website for information about free school meals in East Yorkshire (link opens in a new window)

How to apply

To apply for free school meals the person who receives the qualifying benefit should complete our online application form.

What happens next

You are immediately informed on completing your application if it has been successful. The school are also notified electronically.

You must notify us in writing of any changes that could affect your child’s entitlement (for example, your entitlement to a qualifying benefit ends or you wish to claim for an additional child).

Should your circumstances change meaning your child is no longer entitled to free school meals, you will be sent a letter with the end date and the school will be notified automatically.

Tell us about a change

If you have had a change in circumstance you need to write to us and advise -

  • what the change is
  • the date the change occurred
  • any further details you think are relevant
  • your national insurance number

Return your letter to us by -

Contact us

Free school meals team
Hull City Council
Hull City Council Revenues and Benefits Service
PO Box 15

Tel: 01482 300 303
Text phone: 01482 300 349

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