The Government's working tax credit provides additional financial support to all ‘working families’ that have low incomes. We believe that free school meals should be available to ‘non-working’ families, who we consider are most in need of this additional help.
Children whose parents are in receipt of the following are entitled to receive free school meals:
income based job seekers allowance;
support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999;
child tax credit provided they are not entitled to working tax credit and have an annual income (as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs) that as of 6 April 2007 does not exceed £14,495;
the guarantee element of state pension credit.
Children who receive income support or income based jobseekers allowance in their own right are also eligible to receive free school meals.