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School Milk Subsidy Scheme

Find out how to apply for approval under the scheme, how to claim for the subsidy, how much you can claim and what records you need to keep.

The scheme subsidises the cost of milk, certain milk products and yoghurts for schoolchildren in England, Scotland and Wales. This means that the products can be sold to schoolchildren at a lower price. Schools must offer drinking milk before they can supply other eligible milk products or yoghurts.

Schools, local authorities, suppliers or other organisations can claim for the subsidy.

In England, Scotland and Wales the scheme is run by the Rural Payments Agency (RPA).

Contact RPA

Email: trader@rpa.gov.uk

Telephone: 03300 416 500

School Milk Subsidy Team
Rural Payments Agency
Lancaster House
Hampshire Court
Newcastle Business Park
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE4 7YH

School milk subsidy scheme - milk consumed from 1 August 2017

Find out how to apply for approval under the scheme, how to claim for school milk subsidies, how much you can claim and what records you need to keep.

This guidance is for milk consumed from 1 August 2017. The guidance for milk consumed before 1 August 2017 has been archived.

Relevant regulations

These are the regulations relating to the School Milk Subsidy Scheme.

Published 1 April 2014
Last updated 25 June 2020 + show all updates
  1. Scheme guidance for milk consumed before 1 August 2017 has been archived.

  2. Scheme update

  3. First published.