Reminder over free school meals

FAMILIES could save up to £350 a year by registering their child for free school meals.

Durham County Council is reminding parents and carers that their children could be eligible under the scheme if they receive certain benefits.

These include Income Support, Pension Credit (guarantee element), income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Child Tax Credit and have a gross annual income of no more than £16,190, eligible support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.

Families whose tax credit award includes any amount of Working Tax Credits will not be eligible for free school meals for their children.

Application forms for free school meals are available from all schools or can be downloaded at

Completed forms should be returned to your child’s school with proof of your entitlement to benefits.

For more information, contact Durham County Council’s free school meals team on (0191) 3834900.