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NEW GUIDANCE ON CHANGES TO FREE SCHOOL MEAL ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

NEW GUIDANCE ON CHANGES TO FREE SCHOOL MEAL ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

New guidance, which sets out the updated criteria used to determine which pupils are entitled to free school meals, will be available from 1 April 2018

Credit and the phasing out of other income-based benefits. The guidance also includes:

  • information on how pupils currently claiming free school meals, or who will claim during Universal Credit rollout, are affected;
  • a template letter that schools can use to explain the changes to parents;
  • and details on support for ensuring as many entitled pupils as possible are claiming their free school meals.

 The new guidance is available  

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/free-school-meals-guidance-for-schools-and-local-authorities