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Are You Missing Out On Free School Meals?

If you are in receipt of one or more of the following benefits you can claim Free School Meals for your 

  • Income Support/Income Based Job Seekers Allowance (IBJSA) or
  • An income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Child Tax Credit provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income of £16,190 or less.
  • The Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
  • Receive financial assistance under Part VI of the Immigration and 
Asylum Act 1999.


How/Where Can I Apply For Free School Meals?

You can now apply for Free School Meals online at, 
over the telephone by contacting the Awards Team on 0208 708 3114/ 3561 
or by visiting the One Stop Shop in Lynton House, 255-259 High Road, Ilford, Essex, IG1 1NN.


What Information Will I Need To Provide?

You may not need to provide proof of benefit as the Department for Education (DfE) has provided the 
local Authority with an online Free School Meals (FSM) eligibility checking service (ECS). This allows them to verify if parents/carers applying for FSM meet the eligibility criteria. The FSM ECS is only used for checking Free School Meals eligibility as part of an application for FSM. 

Should proofs be required, the Awards Team will write to you to request proof of benefit received (as listed above).  

If you would like more information regarding Free School Meals, 
please contact the Redbridge Admissions and Awards Team on: 020 8708 3114/ 3561.


Application form for Free School Meals (PDF format) »