Parents claiming any of the benefits listed below can apply for free school meals for any of their children who are registered at a Hartlepool school and who would normally be at school at lunch time.
By claiming your free school meal you are helping your child’s school receive more funding through Pupil Premium.
- Universal Credit
- Income Support
- Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
- Employment and Support Allowance (Income Related)
- Child Tax Credit – where annual income as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs does not exceed £16,190 and are not entitled to Working Tax Credit
- Pension Credit (Guarantee Credit)
- Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
* Please note that children who receive IS or IBJSA in their own right are also eligible to receive free school meals.
There are two types of Job Seekers Allowance:
- Income based Job Seekers
- Contribution Based Job Seekers
Only parents/carers receiving Income Based Job Seekers will be eligible to receive free school meals for their children.
Parents/carers receiving Contribution Based Job Seekers Allowance or Working Tax Credit are not eligible to receive free school meals.
The LEA has no discretionary powers to award or back date free school meals. Applications must be assessed in accordance with the statutory legislation.
How To Claim
The quickest way to apply for free school meals is to make a telephone application by contacting the Benefits Section at Hartlepool Borough Council on 01429 284188.
OR you can collect a paper application form from the Civic Centre. Applicants should forward the completed application form to: Civic Centre, Victoria Road , Hartlepool, TS24 8AY
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