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Free School Meals

Free School Meals

You will be eligible to receive the allowance on behalf of your child/children if BOTH the following criteria apply: -

1. The pupils (aged 4+) attend schools under the jurisdiction of Ceredigion Education Authority on a full-time basis


2. The pupils live with a parent, partner or legal guardian currently receiving either:

  • Income Support; or
  • Income based Job Seekers Allowance; or
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999; or
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (IR); or
  • Child Tax Credit, provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190
    PLEASE NOTE: If you receive Working Tax Credit you do not qualify; or
  • Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Working Tax Credit 'run-on' - the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit

Application and Renewals

In the first instance please complete an application form, available from the download section on this page, or if you prefer please contact the Education Authority (01970 633664) and your claim can be processed immediately over the phone. Initial and ongoing checks to confirm your eligibility will be made using your National Insurance Number and Date of Birth so renewals, in these cases, should be automatic once your claim is processed.

Where checks are impossible or inconclusive we will ask you to provide documentary proof. For applicants in receipt of Income Support, free school meals will then be granted for a six month period. For applicants in receipt of Child Tax Credits, free school meals will be granted for the duration of the financial year covered by their notification letter from HM Revenue & Customs. Around a month before the end of these periods a Renewal form will be sent out for you to complete.

In instances where the evidence of qualifying Child Tax Credit is late being sent to the claimant by HM Revenue & Customs, parents should immediately forward their application form to this Office with a note stating that they still await receipt of their notification letter. Parents will initially have to pay for school meals but free school meals will be retrospectively authorised and parents will be refunded for the cost of meals received and paid for from the date of receipt of the application form once they receive and submit the confirmatory documentary evidence from HM Revenue & Customs for the current financial year.

Changes in Circumstances

If your circumstances change then you will need to inform the Education Authority immediately. In instances where claimants fail to notify the Authority of changes that affect their children's entitlement to free school meals, the Authority reserves the right to take suitable action.

Contact Name

For further information and application form please contact:


The Data Unit
Ceredigion County Council
Department of Education & Community Services
Canolfan Rheidol
Rhoddfa Padarn
Llanbadarn Fawr
SY23 3EU

Telephone: 01970 633664
Fax: 01970 633663