Free school meals: guidance for schools and local authorities

Guidance about free school meals and transitional protection arrangements for them under Universal Credit.



This document is for:

  • local authorities
  • local-authority-maintained schools
  • academies
  • free schools

It provides guidance on free school meal eligibility and the introduction of transitional protection arrangements under Universal Credit for those already receiving free school meals.

Published 22 March 2018
Last updated 16 April 2018 + show all updates
  1. Updated to confirm manual checking arrangements for the self-employed.

  2. First published.